“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:13-16 NIV)
This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. For whatever reason, I have a real passion to see people understand the power that lies in the confession of sin. It’s probably because I’ve experienced it myself.
It is most important that we confess to God, that we repent, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough. It is enough, in reality, as far as forgiveness goes. When we repent (agree with God that we sinned and make the decision to turn away from it) we can know we have been forgiven. But there are times when we don’t just need forgiveness, we need our hearts to be healed.
If you are held captive by the past, if you have secrets that eat away at you, that keep you in fear of “being found out,” if you feel stuck in something today, find a trustworthy (this is key!!!!!) friend and open up.
You need someone to look you in the eyes, listen to your story, pray for you and love you still. We all struggle, we’ve all failed, we’ve all sinned. You need to know in a tangible way that you are not alone, you are accepted and you are loved.
Anything kept in the dark will retain it’s power over you. Confession is the way to turn on the lights. It can be difficult, but it’s simple. Do it.
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