Those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but those who confess and renounce them find mercy. (The Bible)

We all make mistakes and sometimes they are grievous and harmful to others. That’s bad enough, of course, but what may be even worse is the attempted cover-up, which often leads to increasing efforts to hide the sin. It rarely works. Owning up to the wrong-doing will often result in forgiveness and restoration. Avoid sin, but also, avoid the cover-up.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other. . . . The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)