Are we serious about healing? … Here is one of the most vital parts!

In my view, here is one of the most important verses in the Bible if we are serious about living in relationship with each other …

James 5:16 English Standard Version (ESV)

16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Author Ken Sande says these are the 4 vital questions when thinking about confession of sins:
  • Why do we all long to offer “explanations” for our failures?
  • How do you feel when people try to explain their wrongs against you?
  • What was the most healing confession you’ve heard? What made it so helpful?
  • How can a deeper understanding of the gospel free us from the desire to excuse our wrongs?
Bottom line.  Confessions that are real are simple, sincere and without excuses.  That’s why I like this Proverb so much:
  
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Prov. 28:13).

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