Religious OCD: The Guilt and Confession Cycle

One of the common patterns for Christians with OCD, is the compulsion of excessive confession of something that disturbs your spirituality. There can be a nagging sense that something is not right in your stance with God or there is some specific issue that needs to be dealt with and remedied.

Confession to God, repentance and sharing with others is a powerful experience. But for “OCDers,” this whole subject becomes distorted. They fall into a cycle where they are repenting for things they do not need to repent of. They confess things they do not need to confess. The confession can be to God, but it can often move into confession to another person–a religious leader, a spouse or friend. This pattern disturbs their peace, interferes in their daily life and can get in the way of healthy relationship patterns.

Guilt confession OCD becomes a chronic pattern of feeling disturbed in such a way that you cannot move on unless you confess the issue. But you will need to see that this pattern is getting in the way of your life. It is stealing your peace. It is not bearing fruit and leading you into freedom. In fact, the more you do it, the more this cycle will seek to trap you.

In this broadcast, I want to share some more about guilt confession OCD, what is involved and how to walk in greater freedom.

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