TO THE BIBLE: James 5:16 AMP
“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
Have you ever been in a heated argument with a sibling or friend, where you said some unkind words to each other. Moments after the exchange, you could sense the unpleasant emotion in the air. The silence was deafening, and you both knew you had hurt each other.
This is the context in which our theme scripture stands relevant. Misunderstandings do occur, but you must be willing to own up to your faults, and be quick to reconcile when they do. Confessing your faults or sins to one another doesn’t mean calling someone up and telling them all the wrong things you’ve done. It simply means owning up to your errors when you’ve hurt someone.
This gesture, as the scripture shows, should lead the parties involved to pray for one another, so that they may be restored and refreshed spiritually. But if the other party doesn’t say anything positive, after you’ve admitted your error, you don’t need to demand a reciprocal apology. Just do your part and stay calm, and be satisfied in the knowledge that you have obeyed God’s Word.
The love of God is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. I’m walking in kindness and affection towards everyone around me. The fruit of the spirit is manifested in my life every day, and I exude humility as a hallmark of my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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