November 8, 2013
“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.” James 5:16 The Message
Confession is more than just admitting you did it. It’s about living in the light. The 5th step in a recovery path for life states: “We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. A follower of Jesus named James tells us to confess our sins to one another that we may be healed. How much dis-ease do you think you’ve carried in your life because you weren’t honest .. with yourself .. with God .. and somebody else. God made confession as a gift .. not a punishment. The world we live in tells us to hide .. to minimize .. to downplay .. to shrug off .. even deny what we’ve done wrong. “If you ignore it long enough it will go away”. But it doesn’t. Another step along this path, step 10 says: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. Why do we admit before God before we admit to ourselves? Because we tend to live in darkness. Because we tend not to look closely at ourselves. Because we tend to do anything than admitting we (I) was wrong. To say wrong seems easier than sin because sin means I can’t escape. Church is a family of confessors. You and I are called to live daily in the light of who Jesus is .. what He has done .. and out of the abundance of what we share together in Christ. The world offers nothing .. nothing .. of comparable worth .. nothing! If you confess, you let go of what is holding you in darkness .. in deceit .. in dis-ease. And you find the true gift that the only good part of us is in which God dwells. Confession is a courageous act of trust .. an act of grace .. and a gift from God’s Son who has set you free. It only takes a moment …
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 New King James
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Grace-Givers .. Grace-Receivers .. and Grace-Askers following Jesus and friends of Priority One (email@example.com) THANKS TO JEFF MALESOVAS FOR SHARING THE GIFT OF HONESTY AND THE GRACE OF CONFESSION!!