May 13, 2011

Confess Your Sins

I just finished preaching through the book of James at church.  It took me nearly a year to exposit my way through this amazing letter, but we made it.  Near the end of the letter you will find this command:

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another..."
(James 5:16a ESV)
I don't have the whole verse here, and I have excluded the surrounding verses which are important for understanding the context of this verse, but they don't change the "punch" found in this command.  I'll put it to you this way...

There are some men that I know (and I've been one of them) who have never... Never... been obedient to this command.  There are many other men who are so seldom obedient to this command, it might as well be disobedience.  In fact, there are men that I know who, at the thought of this command, will (voluntarily or not, I am not sure) roll their eyes at the prospect.

We could talk about what it means exactly and how this would take place and what the purpose would be and which sins should be confessed, but regardless of how accurately one obeys this command, it should be obeyed.  I challenged the men at my church, and me along with them, to consider ways to be open about our sins in order for us to be obedient.  I also challenge you my blog readers... if there are any... Are you obedient to this command?