6th March 2015
‘Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.’ James 5:16 (NIV)
The purpose of confession is not disgrace, but grace.
When the Bible uses the word ‘confess’, it literally means ‘to say the same’. When we confess, we are saying the same about our sin that God says. It means we acknowledge and take responsibility for our sin. We confess because of a repentant heart that desires to obey and please God, not merely because we got caught doing something wrong.
So to whom do we confess? Do we confess to Jesus or to people? The answer is ‘yes’ –
the Bible teaches we should confess to both. The Apostle John wrote, ‘But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong’ (1 John 1:9 NLT). Scripture is clear that only Christ can forgive our sins and that as Christians we can go to Him any time, any place and He will forgive us.
Question to consider
If God is speaking to you about a hidden area of your life that needs to be confessed, what are you going to do about it?
Pray that God will help you to ‘confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed’.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.