Confess Your Sins
by Karen Ruhl
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16 NKJV)
During the course of each day, our minds may take us to places where we sin against someone. Our mouths will always get us in trouble if we are not careful with each word we say. Proverbs 13:3 tells us, “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. We have not mastered self-control if we do not control what we say.” I fully admit that this is something I must work on daily. I have come a long way and will continue to work on self-control. I know I cannot do it alone; I need God to give me strength, wisdom, and discernment. Christ made it possible for us to go directly to God to confess our sins and
ask for forgiveness, but confessing our sins to others is also very important. If we sin against another, we must ask them for forgiveness. As I was researching and writing this blog, I found this scripture:
“But you are a chosen group of people. You are the King’s religious leaders. You are a holy nation. You belong to God. He has done this for you so you can tell others how God has called you out of darkness into His great light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
If you have the need to confess your sins, you can go to God directly as a believer. Sometimes it may help to talk to someone and have one-on-one support. All of us have sinned and are sinners; grace and mercy come from our repentance. Not just asking for forgiveness, but by changing our ways.
I remember well the night I confessed my sins and gave my life over to Christ (again). I had a friend come over and told her I wanted to confess and needed to know what to do next. She listened, encouraged me, and told me we are all sinners, and that God will forgive my sins. She gave me several verses to pray that night. After she left, I fell to my knees confessing my sins to God and after reading the verses, and talking to God, peace came over me. It is the peace that comes from knowing Christ.
I am praying for you, all of you who are reading this post right now. I am asking God to come beside you and help you with your confessions. I pray you feel God’s presence and find peace. I love you, more importantly, God loves you. Amen!