There are so many things we like to keep private, don’t we? Like when we yell at our kids within the walls of our home, when we fight with our spouse behind closed doors, gossip about a friend behind their back, or when we pound a pint of ice cream when we’re supposed to be on a cleanse, we’d rather it be kept hidden and not have our dirty laundry aired in public.
The problem with that is the path of a Christ-follower requires confession—and not just to God, but also to one another. James puts it this way: “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” He knew that when we keep our sin hidden in the shadows, we give the enemy room to work. But when we expose them to the light and share our shortcomings with one another, we find freedom in our thoughts and healing for our souls.
Granted, it’ll be uncomfortable. We like to keep up the façade that we have it all together. But it won’t take long for all the pretending and hiding to spiral into misery and weakness. That’s why James is imploring with God’s people, as hard or awkward as it may be, to just confess.
So, acknowledge your sin. Acknowledge your anger problem. Acknowledge your lies, your selfishness, your over-drinking, or lust. Then, not only will God forgive you, but you’ll also experience a joy and healing apart from all the guilt and shame. The choice is yours—this freedom is just one “sorry” away.
- Who is a Christian confidant that you trust? Their support and prayers are powerful and effective—don’t hesitate to reach out to them today and confess that sin weighing you down.
- Commit to memory James 5:16—“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.”
The Power of Prayer
13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.
16 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. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
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