Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (NLT) If you have been around church people for any amount of time, you know that no one really has it all together. You’ve seen the suburban supermom who drives the SUV from soccer to gymnastics only to find out later that she has been struggling with a deep depression. And you’ve heard the testimony of the man who looked like he had it all together, but his past is full of inappropriate relationships and heavy addictions.
So if all of us have gone through struggles and given into dark sin, why is it that some people seem to move forward and find healing while others have the cloud of guilt hanging over their heads?
James, the brother of Jesus, said in James 5:16, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (NLT)
If you have given your life to Jesus and accept his death as the punishment of your sins, then you have been forgiven. Many churchgoers have been forgiven for their sin, but they’ve never been healed because they have not confessed.
“Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory.” -Unknown.
Everyone struggles. No one has it all together. Stop living in shame and be healed.
First, confess your sin to God. If you want to trade your mess for a message then do what 1 John 1:9 says, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (NLT)
Then, confess your sin to a another follower of Christ. Romans 3:10 says, “No one is righteous— not even one.” (NLT) Remember, we’re all sinners covered by the grace of Christ. Confession is necessary for healing. Don’t allow fear to rob you of peace.