James 5:16 (GNT) So then, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you will be healed. The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect.
Let’s begin the week considering a topic that is often not discussed in Christianity of the 21st century, it’s called “Sin”. Sin likes to hide in the darkness. In darkness and silence it gathers momentum and continues its work. Confession and admission, however, brings sin into the open where its power can be broken. James, the half brother of Jesus and a leader in the early church, knew and taught this insight. In the book of James he encourages us to confess our sins to one another not just confess silently to God. Now obviously we must be careful to whom we confess out sins and where we confess.
But what are you to confess? First, you’re called to confess your offenses against others. Unconfessed sin erects hindrances in relationships. Confession and forgiveness, however, break down these walls of hindrances and allows God’s love and power to flow freely among us. This is good stuff sisters and brothers.
There are also times when you need to confess struggles that you are having trouble overcoming. You’re forgiven solely by the grace that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. But others can provide the support, accountability, assurance, and perspective that can help you move forward. Opening your heart to a trusted friend, pastor, or counselor can be a step toward experiencing the freedom of forgiveness.
Are you feeling the pain resulting from bad choices or decisions? Do you need to tell someone that you see how your actions have brought hurt and that you’re sorry? When you follow the words of James, you’ll experience the relief your soul desires and the freedom you have been waiting for! Have a tremendous Monday moving forward in your life in God.