Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.– James 5:16 KJV
Most of us would rather keep our faults, sins, and shortcomings to ourselves- we put on airs. Perhaps we will humble ourselves enough to share these intimate things with the Lord but not with another- we do not wish to be judged by them- to be vulnerable! Or maybe we go the other way and tell all to everyone- we herald our most secret sins on Facebook and Twitter.
It is good to confess- just as the scripture directs- the intent and motive of our confession is of far more importance than the actions we have or have not taken- the sins we have bared.
Why are we spilling the beans? Why are we holding it all in? Why are we an open book? Why are we crouched behind and surrounded by a brick wall?
Both the excessive- no boundaries confession and the sealed lipped- no way I’m talking approach are forms of bondage! Bondage to sin! Two opposites with the same result! Suffocating slavery to the devil!
Look at me! Sin sick Deluded Pride!
Look away! Sin Shame Locked Inside!
A move of the Holy Spirit is needed! Repentance granted- Godly sorrow for sins! Pride as well as shame washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ- it is the Way! Only at the foot of the cross can true healing begin! Then our testimony will be shared- confession made- with the God glorifying purpose of sharing the miracle working power of the gospel with others.
Born again- transformed- we will slip at times- confess at once to a fellow believer in order to give no occasion to the devil to tempt; to help maintain our humility, and to seek prayer. True confession does not bring about shame, is not prideful, is not boastful- true confession seeks holiness and righteousness in referent love for the Lord.