“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.” James 5:16 (NLT)
Jesus has paid the debt for our sin, but the Bible teaches that there is one debt (something we owe) that remains. And it is the “continuing debt to love one another…” (Romans 13:8). A big part of loving one another is to confess when we have wronged them. Confession is not a popular practice or something anyone instinctively wants to do. All of us have confessed and know the feeling of freedom that comes with it, but it is still a difficult thing. We don’t want to admit we are wrong or seen as less in someone else’s eyes. The power of God only works through pure vessels, and sin pollutes (slows down, blocks) the flow of Christ’s life in us and through us.
James is NOT teaching that perfection produces power, but that living with a pure and sincere heart does. Perfection says we cannot sin (not that it’s okay, but we understand we are a work in progress). Purity means that when we sin, we need to be real and honest about it. We need to be sorrowful about it, and we need to share that sorrow with those we have injured. What a freeing message! The world would say, “That’s not necessary.” God says it’s essential if you want to see the power of God at work in your life.
Next time you sin against a brother or sister in the Lord, or anyone for that matter, don’t follow the world’s pattern of pride and not admitting your wrongs, instead, follow God’s pattern of going to them and confessing. God will not only work in you, but a door will be open for God to work in their heart as well. It will allow them to see Christ in you. So practice confession and let the power of God work in you and through you! It won’t be comfortable; it will definitely be awkward, but as we say at Dare2Share, “Awkward is Awesome!”.