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 5:6
James, the brother of Jesus and apostle of Messiah, continues with his guidance for practical living as a disciple of Jesus. Among the teachings in this letter to the Jewish Christians of the 1st Century AD, he notes that confessing sins to one another along with prayer brings about healing. The prayers of such have great power and produce wonderful results.
We’ve heard of and may have read books like, “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” but James tells us that straight up confession of sins, our sins, to our brothers in the Messiah brings about healing. It’s one thing to confess our sins to God and be forgiven, but we can and should have accountability to one another in the body of Messiah. When we have done wrong and confess it to a brother/sister, it not only frees us from the guilt and shame that tries to condemn us but opens us to the healing that comes, physically or inwardly, from the confession. God uses the moment to transform us from the “sick” state we were in to one of health and vitality. It brings the glory to the Father through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, as it should be! Therefore, let us go to one another and correctly and wisely confess our sins that we may enjoy the health and freedom that such accountability brings!
Father, thank you for the great wisdom, healing, refreshing, and release that comes doing what your word says here through your servant and apostle, James. When we confess our sins to you, we receive forgiveness of our sins. When we confess them to our brethren, we receive the sweet release of the pain and suffering that comes along with the sin. That temporary pain and curse of sin is then lifted and found no more. Our bodies heal from the release of the stress of hiding wrongs deep inside. What joy it is to know that confiding in another in the body of Messiah can bring much-needed healing to my spirit, soul, and body. Let your will be done in me, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.