If forgiving one another becomes part of our DNA in the body of Christ (yesterday’s blog), there should be no problem with the instructions James gives us; “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16). Note carefully the purpose of confessing our sins. It is in view of healing; first spiritual healing, and if the Lord will, it may include physical healing. Specifically as to confession, we must remember the distinction Paul makes between “godly grief” and “worldly grief”, “for godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
The combination of confessing our sins one another with godly grief (sorrow) and “the prayer of faith…for one another” by a “righteous person” brings about the forgiveness and healing. We must not leave out one of these elements lest we lower “serving one another” to a ritual that leaves out the active presence and power of God through the Holy Spirit and genuine character on our part.
As each of these “one another” principles are put into practice, the body of Christ is strengthened and made to mature. I trust you have gained from these six blogs. Pass on to others what you are learning and you will grow yourself.
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