Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Previous post: How to Teach Teens the Value of Hard Work, Next post: What Does It Mean To Deny Yourself? #hating your enemy, Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. #self-control Thank you for this. No one likes airing their dirty laundry. #psalms 23 #deceiving #breaking bad habits They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. #mattaniah James’ letter is written to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion (James 1:1). Church is the place where believers can love one another (1 John 4:12), encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13), “spur” one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), instruct one another (Romans 15:14), honor one another (Romans 12:10), and be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32). #ocd Transparency is the word that God always gives me as I teach. Confessing my sins to other Christians isn’t about being forgiven by a holy God. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If you confess your sins to God, He will cleanse you from them and then you can be free of guilt. May God richly bless you sir for your encouragement. No one comes to the Father except through me. Bible Verses, Quotes, Christian Answers, Songs and More. Used by permission. There are parts of this command that sound good to us, particularly being healed. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and … God intends to use the confession of our sins to other Christians as a means to pull us out of sin and to steer us away from sin. #looking for love 1:7). The good news is that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” but “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:9-10) since “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). #ask jesus Just as confessing our sins allow us to have peace with God, unconfessed sin is burdensome as David wrote in Psalm 38:2-4 “For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. So it is with sin. #self-defense What Do Christians Believe About Dinosaurs? You are so kind. #christian liberty ~ Romans 8:1 ESV, #ask jesus #boldness Sins and transgressions are the same thing, they are individual acts where we rebel against the God of heaven, choosing to be our own king and making up our own mind about what is good and what is evil rather than submitting to God. Take the last verse we looked at: Be at peace with one another. The Bible says we all sin (Rom 3:10-23; 1st John 1:8,10) so when we do sin, we need to confess it to God to be cleansed (1st John 1:9). #the seven deadly sins Hebrews 10:25 says we should “not [be] giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Even in the early church, some were falling into the bad habit of not meeting with other believers. I read earlier in this blog that we can only sin against God. . He did his graduate work at Moody Theological Seminary. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.”  Proverbs 28:13 essentially says the same thing, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” You will not ever lose your relationship with God is you have been saved but if you abide in sin and refuse to confess it, you will lose your fellowship.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'whatchristianswanttoknow_com-box-4','ezslot_3',117,'0','0'])); I believe it is good to confess our sins to other Christians but use caution and wisdom. #quirinius #lack of rain James 5:16 speaks of confessing our trespasses “to one another,” but this is not the same as confessing sins to a priest as the Roman Catholic Church teaches. I recommend those who are struggling with sins of addiction to find an accountability partner and tell them about it and be honest with them. No wrongdoing means you have nothing to confess. James 5:16 says:eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'whatchristianswanttoknow_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',116,'0','0'])); “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”, This is superb advice because if we confess our sins and then “pray for one another” so that we can have help in overcoming our sins, we can grow in holiness and can be more Christ-like (which is every believer’s goal).