A “One Anothering” Thought
- to acknowledge
- to declare
- to reveal
James says that we believers should acknowledge any wrongful action we may have done to one another.
We should declare any offense we may have for our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
We should reveal our sins to God, but at times, also to our brethren, so that God may work through them to give us the help and strength we need to be overcomers.
Also, one of our brothers or sisters in the Lord may be having the same problem with the sin or offense that we are having, and hearing us confess our weakness may be just what they need to give them hope that they are not alone in their dilemma.
Confession often opens the door to healing for us, as well as for others.
ONE-ANOTHERING IN ACTION:
Confession is a difficult thing to do.
It is hard to reveal sins, shortcomings or offenses to one another.
It is hard to declare our weaknesses or acknowledge that we have fallen short somewhere.
But, God has told us to do this for a reason. He doesn’t want us holding onto grudges or offenses against one another. As His Body on earth we gain strength from one another as we unite in one accord and help one another to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.
Let’s be willing and obedient to confess our sins to the Lord and to one another, as the Lord directs.
Then the Lord can bring forgiveness, unity, joy, and peace into our lives as we do so.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 [NKJV]
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