Confess your sins NOT just to God BUT also with each other!
by Shaila Touchton
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To God all sin is sin. We must have right relationship with God and man. The Spirit of god which is the holy spirit convicts people of their sin , also comforts, speaks truth and testifies about Jesus Christ, brings righteousness corrects, reproves and instructs .The holy spirit has the ability to draw the sinner to repentance and comforts and helps us in our weaknesses, troubles and our prayers. Our responsibility is to genuinely repent, humble ourselves in confessing the sin, and ask for forgiveness from each other as well as from God. we see many verses regarding confessing sins
Ezra found mercy when he prayed in Ezra 9:6
Nehemiah found mercy as he came before God in Nehemiah 1:5-7
Daniel found mercy praying to the Lord and confessing in Daniel 9:4-7
The apostle Paul found mercy in 1Timothy 1:12-17
Joseph’s brothers asking for his forgiveness in Genesis 50:17-18
Unbelievers denies the reality of sin itself and are often filled with pride, self centeredness and they refuse to admit sin and repent rejects to take a responsibility for their actions, refuses to repent. They rationalize and look for excuses to justify their sins. They make every attempt to justify their wrong doing and claim that there was nothing wrong in their doing.
Satan wants us to be filled with pride, self righteous, self-centeredness, lies, to be boasters of sin and Shame and to be his captives and servant of unrighteousness.
Benefits of confessing sins with eachother: Confessing sins with each other brings us close to God gives relief, eases the heavy loads of guilt and shame in our conscience. It gives an opportunity to examine ourselves, conscience, and our behaviour . It lessen the burden of sin, brings inner peace and emotional healing, builds trust in relationships which helps our ability to live a healthy life, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Heb. 6:1: Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.
Mt. 6:14, 15: For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Psa. 32:5Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"--and you forgave the guilt of my sin .
2 Sam. 12:14 - even though the sin is forgiven, there is punishment due for the forgiven sin. David is forgiven but his child was still taken
John 20:23: "Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained."
Neh. 9:2-3 - the aelites stood before the assembly and confessed sins publicly and interceded for each other.
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened." Ps. 66:18.
Matthew 18:15: If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
James 5:16: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16
Lev. 5:5 - he shall confess that in which he has sinned
Acts 26:20: I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.
Ezek. 18:31: Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.
Gal. 6:1: Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
Dan. 4:27: Renounce your sins by doing what is right and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed.
1 Timothy 5:22: Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
Luke 17:3-4: Jesus tells us that when a brother sins against us, we should rebuke him, and if he repents we are to forgive him.
Prov. 28:13: People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy."
Ephesians 4:25: Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, help us to confess our faults with each other by Producing the fruits of repentance so that the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us .
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