(Psalms 32:5) I confessed my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, I will confess my transgression to Jehovah; and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
(James 5:16) Confess faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much.
Whenever someone fails in life or comes up short it is often said, “Well we all make mistakes” For years I was guilty of doing the same thing. However when we tell someone that we all make mistakes. Are we really helping them? Are we lessening the gravity or responsibility of what they might have done? The definition of a mistake 1: to blunder in the choice of mistook her way in the dark 2 a: to misunderstand the meaning or intention of : misinterpret don’t mistake me, I mean exactly what I said b: to make a wrong judgment of the character or ability of 3: to identify wrongly : confuse with another I mistook him for his brother. When we examine the meaning of the word mistake we can see how it is not properly used in many situations.
When someone kills someone in a fit of anger that is not a mistake, when someone steals a car that is not a mistake, when a young man gets a young lady pregnant and they are not married that is not a mistake. These are sins and we do not help those who are guilty of making them when we call them mistakes. The word mistake lessens the gravity and responsibility of what they have done. While God loves all of us even though we all sin he cannot stand the sins that we commit. He is always waiting to forgive and restore us but first we must accept the gravity and assume responsibility for what we’ve done, we must confess our sins. In the story of The Prodigal Son we find an individual who has lost their way and when he realizes what he has done he accepts responsibility. (Luke 15:21) And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you, and am no more worthy to be called your son. He got it, he knew how badly he’d messed up notice he said I have sinned against Heaven and before you.
We find confession in both of our base scriptures and that’s where it needs to start when we have sinned. We need to accept responsibility for our sins and call them what they are sins. There is a guarantee and promise found in James 5:16 when we confess our sins the Bible promises healing. I believe that healing can manifest itself in many ways once we confess our sins. It can bring physical, emotional, as well as mental healing once we confess our sins. A word of caution, always seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit when deciding who to open up to. At the same time if you’ve wronged or embarrassed anyone by your sinful deeds and behavior go to them and ask for forgiveness be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.