“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 5:16 NIV
Christ has made it possible for us to go directly to God for forgiveness. But confessing our sins to each other still has an important place in the life of the church. (1) If we have sinned against an individual, we must ask him or her to forgive us. (2) If our sin has affected the church, we must confess it publicly. (3) If we need loving support as we struggle with a sin, we should confess that sin to those who are able to provide that support. (4) If, after confessing a private sin to God, we still don’t feel his forgiveness, we may wish to confess that sin to a fellow believer for assurance of God’s pardon. In Christ’s Kingdom, every believer is a priest to other believers (1 Peter 2:9).
The Christian’s most powerful resource is communion with God through prayer. The results are often greater than we thought were possible. Some people see prayer as a last resort to be tried when all else fails. This approach is backwards. Prayer should come first. Because God’s power is infinitely greater than ours, it only makes sense to rely on it—especially because God encourages us to do so. (Tyndal Study Bible)
What strikes me is the last couple of days scripture fits so well. Monday it’s wise to keep quiet and listen. Tuesday share and do good to others. Wednesday trust in the Lord. Today confess your sins. It is like scripture is talking to just me. I am sure most probably a couple more than just me.
Take note what the commentator above has to say how to deal with those sins. Not necessary to say more about the remedy.
What I can say is sin keeps you from God. My experience. Sin is like a wedge between you and God. Even a little white lie. None of us is perfect, so I say when you have committed a sin deal with it soonest. Repent or use the guidelines above. So that you can stay close to God.
Last, remember every believer is like a priest. We all have a responsibility to reach out to others. Assist in any of their struggles.
“Lord thank you for Your guidance. Amen. “