James Chapter 5

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Confession. Transparency. Vulnerability. Accountability. Despite clear passages like James 5:16, these are some of the most ignored and avoided practices of the Christian faith.  We are hard-pressed to share deeply and intimately the real issues and struggles of our souls.  Instead, we work diligently on creating and maintaining exteriors that convey nothing but confidence and composure. Sometimes our masquerade requires so much attention and energy that Truth has no way in and Compassion has no way out.

To “confess your sins to one another,” is an act of dying to self.  It is an act honoring Jesus in a way that affirms your faith in Him and what He’s done.  It’s a gift of trust and humility to the ones you share your confession with.  So much good…so much healing happens on multiple levels for all involved…If we just had the courage to do it…to let go…to believe.

 I encourage you today to meditate on these questions:

1.   How is confessing my struggle of a sin pattern in my life with a trusted brother or sister a positive act of dying to self?

2.   How does being vulnerable, transparent, in confessing to others something that honors Jesus, and why is that something I should desire to do?

3.  How is my willingness to be vulnerable in confession a gift to the one to whom I am confessing?

4.   What keeps me from confessing my struggles to others? How can I overcome that hindrance, and why should I?

Lord, give us the courage and the faith to confess to one another, and through it, to find deep healing for others and ourselves. Amen.