Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. ~James 5:16
As Christians we can understand that confessing the wrong things that we have done does not make us forgiven. We are forgiven because Christ died to pay for our sins. Confession is a means by which we can experience our forgiveness, not obtain it.
We work Step 5 not to be forgiven of sin but so we can enjoy the benefits of the forgiveness God already has given us.
~Pat Springle, Conquering Codependency