Friday, November 27, 2009

Confess your Sins to One Another


"Confess your sins to one another" (James 5:16)

When I read this verse I often wonder why it is so difficult for me to confess my sins to others. The Bible is clear that confessing to one another, as believers, is for our good and benefit. James goes on to encourage us as believer to confess our sins to each other and pray for one another. Why? So we might be healed. Confession brings about healing in the body of Christ. The reason I am so resistant in confessing my sin to other believers is the pride that exist in my wicked heart. What can kill my pride? The gospel. Milton Vincent helps us in his chapter Exposed by the Cross, Part II from A Gospel Primer:

"The Cross also exposes me before the eyes of other people, informing them of the depth of my depravity. If I wanted others to think highly of me, I would conceal the fact that a shameful slaughter of the perfect Son of God was required that I might be saved. But when I stand at the foot of the Cross and am seen by others under the light of that Cross, I am left uncomfortably exposed before their eyes. Indeed, the most humiliating gossip that could ever be whispered about me is blared from Golgotha's hill; and my self-righteous reputation is left in ruins in the wake of its revelations. With the worst facts about me thus exposed to the view of others, I find myself feeling that I truly have nothing left to hide.

Thankfully, the more exposed I see that I am by the Cross, the more I find myself opening up to others about ongoing issues of sin in my life. (Why would anyone be shocked to hear of my struggles with past and present sin when the Cross already told them I am a desperately sinful person?) And the more open I am in confessing my sins to fellow-Christians, the more I enjoy the healing of the Lord in response to their grace-filled counsel and prayers. Experiencing richer levels of Christ's love in companionship with such saints, I give thanks for the gospel's role in forcing my hand toward self-disclosure and freedom that follows."

May we constantly crush the pride of thinking we are better then we actually are. The cross speaks volumes about our wicked hearts. While we ought to grieve our sin and be ashamed of our sin we can gaze upon the cross and not be surprised by our wickedness while rejoicing in the our forgiveness. Once we gaze upon the cross our pride will be turn to humility. Once we humbly acknowledge our sin may we heed the words of Scripture to "confess your sins to one another" so we may be healed.
Grace upon grace,
JRL

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