By Hess Hester, National Celebrating Pastors in Recovery Director
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16a ESV).
For many years I struggled with this verse as I taught or preached through the book of James — probably five or six times as a pastor. At one point I wondered if James was saying that we should have open, public confession times in our worship services as a church. That might draw a crowd, for sure — like people who go to NASCAR races hoping to see enormous wrecks! I’d heard stories of churches that tried it, but most were about public confession times that had gone wrong — very wrong. I decided that’s not what James meant.
What James does mean is this: One of the greatest experiences you can have of God’s love and care for you is what takes place when you are willing to open your life to someone else in the Body of Christ that you know you can trust. As you mutually remove your masks and confess your sins and struggles to each other and pray for each other,…Continue Reading