November 22, 2022
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
James 5:16 NLT
Let’s talk about confession of sins. The scriptures declare in many places the importance of confessing our sins to God. But James tells us there is a spiritual work that is released when we confess our sins to each other. I do not believe this passage is talking about public confession services where everyone stands up and tells everyone else their sins. I do believe there is a spiritual power in living our lives in community with other believers where we can confess to others our sins and struggles and find accountability from that loving group. Sin thrives in darkness. When we confess our sins to a trusted believer, we are turning on the light. We expose the sin to God’s light of forgiveness and freedom. We also have a trusted friend to help hold us accountable to live in freedom. All forgiveness comes from God. But there is a freedom that is released when we become honest with other believers. Confession to others must be done carefully. We must confess to a spiritually mature believer who loves us and wants the best for us. This should not be done casually but with thought and desire to live in freedom from the sin.
Holy Spirit help me to know when to confess my sins to another believer. Help me know who to confess to. Help me to never hide my sin.
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