What does it mean to confess your sins? Does God simply say confess our sins to Him. We are to do nothing after that? So often in churches I hear the pastor or teacher say “it is just between you and God” seems good right? The only One who needs to know our struggles is God? We do not need other people judging us because of the sins we have committed? Well this is often the way the church seems to look at it but I want to stop looking at the way that seems right in church today and answer the question, what does the Bible say?
From the Bible we seem to get a completely different out look on confession. When we take a look at James 5:16 we see something different. He does not speak of hiding our sins and dealing with them on our own but rather bring others in to help us.
James 5:16 “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”
We do not need to tell others about our sins to boast that we are sinning but so that they can pray for us, and help bring us closer to Christ, by getting rid of that sin. When we become a Christian we become a part of the body of Christ, and when one part of the body is hurting the whole body suffers.
1 Corinthians 12:26 “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it”
When we hide the sin in our life then all we are doing is separating ourselves from the body that we are a part of. Who does that help? No one, but when we are willing to admit our faults and failures then the whole body is able to gather and help make the body like new again.
Might people judge you for the things you have done? Well yes, but the true believer will care for you and help to bring you back to Christ. Why? because as Christians we are no longer separate bodies but as I said before, we are one. Who doesn’t care about himself (Ephesians 5:29) well no one. I am not saying that confession is going to be an easy thing, but what I am saying is that we need it. We need to do everything that we can to keep ourselves (and the body ) holy.
We must walk in the light not hiding in the darkness the sins that we do not want for others to see. When you are sharing our sins with other believers this will help you to build up the fellowship that we are to have with each other. Sharing our struggles is so important for us and for those who we share them with because when one shares, others feel as if they can open up as well, and we are able to help one another. We were made to be the body together not on our own. God did not intend for us to try to battle these things alone, but he gave us each other so that we could help one another and bring each other closer to God. And we can’t truly help one another if we separate ourselves from each other hiding the things that are hardest for us to overcome.
1 John 1:7 ” But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Not, only will confession help you and your failures, but it helps others to feel at if they can be open with there struggles. They will see that you are willing to share your struggles and they may be able to help you and you may be able to help them, with the things they struggle with. It seems that everyone wants everyone else to believe that they are perfect, but we know we are not ” no one is righteous” While it may be easy for you to admit you are a sinner it seems so much harder to admit our actual struggles. So be willing to admit where you struggle, and work towards over coming together not alone.