Confess Our Sins – Ann Spangler, Christianity.com Blogs
When we really belong to others, we feel safe enough to be who we are. We can enjoy life more in peace with ourselves. For example, I sometimes do crazy, stupid things around my kids that I would never think of in a public place. And they do the same around me. If you feel that you belong, you can also deal more honestly with your mistakes. You no longer have to pretend to be better than you. James 5.16 tells us to confess our sins to each other.
But how many of us dare?
You can object and say that it is not necessary to confess your sins to a person if you have already confessed them to God. But maybe there is something else that makes the confession difficult. Most of us fear rejection and humiliation. We think people will despise us if they know the worst about us.
I am not suggesting that you confess your sins to everyone. But if you entrust yourself to one or two mature Christians who understand the gospel and their own desperate need for mercy, you needn't be afraid. You can start with something small and see how the person reacts. It takes time to build trust. As the relationship develops, you can reveal more of your struggles. If you confess to a person who is ripe in Christ, you have little to fear and gain everything.
Sin isolates us. We feel separated from God's love, guilty and condemned. Sin also separates us from other believers in the hope of destroying us. The confession is a protection. It is a medicine that we would rather not take, but it robs the devil, who wants to devour us, of his power. Instead of feeling condemned, we can experience love and mercy through our sisters and brothers through God's confession. Another person knows the worst about us and still loves us. This person reveals the love of Christ to us.
Community is said to be a place of healing and restoration, a place where we can join our arms when we live our faith. Proverbs 17:17 tell us that "a friend loves at all times and a brother is born for a time of need". May each of us find the friends we need to stay firm when life is difficult, and we become such friends with each other.