Day Twenty Three
"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." James 5:16
Some of the most profound moments in my walk with the Lord were found in confessing sin to another person. Sure, realizing that you've sinned and praying to God that you are sorry for that sin is a big step but actually verbalizing it to another person over and over helped me to take true repentance seriously. To have someone hold you accountable and lift you up in prayer is a such a powerful and effective tool that helps you to actually turn away from the sin. For someone to come along side you and speak truth to a lie you may believe, to have someone actually point you back to the Gospel- what a beautiful gift!
"So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world." James 4:7-8
At times I would fear that confessing sin would impact my identity and reputation. Until one morning I was reading James 4 and the Lord addressed my pride. He spoke to me so gently but seriously, that If I truly trusted that Christ saved me at the cross, then I need to truly trust the identity given to me at the cross. I needed to realize that I was no longer identified by my sin but to run after putting to death this sin by confessing to a person I was accountable to. That morning I also stumbled upon 1 John 1:5-10 and He wrecked my perspective of myself by reminding me how the Gospel transformed me. He softened my heart and I truly grieved my sin that went against my beautiful, loving, and faithful Savior.