One Another Devotion - Day 35
It’s confession time! Don’t turn away, stop reading, or skip today’s devotion.
James 5:16 can be hard to accept. It’s easy to skip over that verse or just look at the previous verses. In those verses, James asked his readers to respond to trouble by praying to God. If it was cheerfulness, by singing songs of praise. Then for illness or spiritual weakness, he asked the elders of the church to pray for them.
Here in verse 16, James writes “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Confession means ‘to thoroughly declare’. When we share our faults, we are declaring them. We come into an agreement that we made a mistake. Also, when we speak them out loud, we are owning them. There is healing in owning our mistakes.
So how does confession work? First, a confession is made to each other and then prayer is given for one another. Thus, healing will take place. This process requires openness and, in order to be open, vulnerability is a key component. James is not specific to whom we confess, but it is imaginable he is referring to close friends who can surround us with support and encouragement.
1. Is Holy Spirit convicting you to have a confession time?
2. Jot down the names of two people with whom you could share confession time.
3. How will you keep track of continuing to support and encourage a friend who has made a confession to you?