I am not sure a person can truly appreciate the importance of repentance until they understand the blessing that comes through repentance. Listen to what David experienced as he turned his heart toward God in Psalm 32
“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah”
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah”
Often like David we are silent when we find ourselves in the midst of sin. Our first response is to want to hide but hiding only grows our shame, guilt and sorrow. True repentance ( turning my heart from my sin towards God) brings freedom, peace, and right standing before God.
Although confessing our wrongs are never fun we should never fear in bringing them before God. That is why Jesus’ death and resurrection is such Good News… it is through the atoning blood of Christ we are granted forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 promises… “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong.”