Telling God the truth awakens forgiveness. Sometimes one gets the impression from misguided experts that God is holding a club over our heads, and the moment we tell the truth he cracks us a good one and then says, “you ugly little sinner!”
But Abba is not like that. The promise of the Jesus Creed is that Abba loves us. He creates us to love him; he desires our fellowship. So, truth telling is not an opportunity for head bashing, but an opportunity for the heart of Abba to be thrilled by reconciling forgiveness.
Scot McKnight in The Jesus Creed