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October 5, 2016, 8:21 AM

Confess Your Sins

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I trust you are having a blessed start to your week. Wasn’t that a fabulous Friend Day this past Sunday?! I was greatly encouraged by the numerous first time guests and the positive response to the message. It is truly wonderful to know that we are the sheep of His pasture! May you be encouraged today in the realization that you are not alone in your spiritual journey. We’re in this together! With that in mind, as we journey together, may God give us grace once again to recover the discipline of confession that we may be partakers of its many benefits, including our very holiness. “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16). 

The Scripture is clear, our healing is tied to our willingness to confess our sins and pray for one another. Yet, few engage in this practice. “What if I share too much?” “What if others are shocked by my confession?” “What if I choose to be transparent and the community of faith turns their back on me?” Our fears of rejection and condemnation overcome us and the result is we neglect this vital practice all together. What a travesty! Engaging in mutual confession brings an end to pretense. It helps us to remove the mask of self-righteousness. Our loving Heavenly Father knows this and thus He is calling into being a church that openly confesses its frail humanity and knows the forgiving and empowering grace of Jesus Christ.

Richard Foster writes: “Confession is so difficult a discipline for us partly because we view the believing community as a fellowship of saints before we see it as a fellowship of sinners. We come to feel that everyone else has advanced so far into holiness that we are isolated and alone in our sin. We could not bear to reveal our failures and shortcomings to others. We imagine that we are the only ones who have not stepped onto the high road to heaven. Therefore we hide ourselves from one another and live in veiled lies and hypocrisy. But if we know that the people of God are first a fellowship of sinners we are freed to hear the unconditional call of God’s love and to confess our need openly before our brothers and sisters. We know we are not alone in our sin… In acts of mutual confession we release the power that heals.”

I invite you to pray the following prayer with me: Dear Lord, grant me absolution and remission for all my sins, true repentance, amendment of life and the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit. Help me to live in transparency with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Help me also not to look in righteous indignation upon others as they live confessionally with me. Amen.

You are Loved!
Pastor Jason Stevens

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