We live day to day, try to do our best in all situations, take care of our families, be nice to the neighbor, love our spouse (even though they get on our last nerve), give our best at work….you know, the usual stuff. Everyone likes you, says you’re a really nice person, your family loves you, your friends like having you around, everything is great with the world. Unfortunately, no one knows you’ve, missed the mark in a certain area of your life, and rather than admit or come forward with the issue, you hide it and try to live life as though it’s perfect. You even begin to justify it and explain it away to yourself. Slowly but surely, the burden of it begins to eat away at you till you become numb to it. This is not how we are expected to live.
1 John 1: 5-10 tells us that The Most High is light and in Him is no darkness at all. His light is not blurry or diminished. As we are in Him, doing His works that we each individually have been called to do, our light shows. However, because of the fault or faults we are harboring, we move farther and farther away from the father which ultimately takes us away from doing His works. If we say we have no sin on the other hand, we are completely deceiving ourselves because we know Christ came to redeem us from our sins and if we have none, then we make Christ to be a liar. What we do need to be aware of is that none of us are exempt from falling, but when we do fall the bible says we are to confess our faults one to another James 5:16-20. This means we are not to bear the burden of sin alone which causes us to separate ourselves from each other, thus making us an even easier target to be used by the enemy. However, neither does the above scripture say we are to walk around telling everyone our sin…use wisdom! Ecclesiasticus 6:6 in the apocrypha tells us to be at peace with many, but have only one counsellor. After confessing our faults, the bible then tells us to pray for one another, so we can receive healing and be totally restored. However, the prayer must be fervent and continuous for total healing, so we need to stay the course. 1 Corinthians 10:13 also lets us know there is no temptation that has overtaken us that someone else has not dealt with, so don’t let the enemy lie you out of speaking up and confessing those faults.
What if you are the counselor, how then should you deal with those confessions? I’m so glad you asked. We must restore one another in the spirit of meekness, and deal with others how we would want to be treated. Don’t act all haughty as if you’ve never fallen before, but also guard your heart to ensure you don’t get tempted. Galatians 6:1-10 tells us it is up to the strong to bear the burdens and infirmities of the weak however, every man shall bear his own burden in judgment. Whatever we sow we shall reap. Do good to all people, especially those in the faith.
One key step to keep in mind, which will ultimately save us from even having to confess our faults is we need to be able to identify when we’re being led astray. Mark 5:2-13 describes how we get attacked first by one spirit, which once it gains a stronghold goes to get others which also build strongholds. If we had recognized the one spirit at the onset, like Christ we could have rebuked it so it has no chance to make our temples its home. At all levels, there will always be that one thing that keeps us from reaching perfection. At present, Christ is the only one that can stand as perfect. All of our righteousness combined still are as filthy rags before The Most High. However, there is good news…Christ came for the sinners!
Lets stop putting on a show or being hypocritical and lets get real with ourselves. The only thing stopping us from reaching perfection is us. Whatever that fault is, we need to recognize it, call it out, rebuke it, confess our faults, get prayer and then get on with the business of doing The Most High’s work. Time is of the essence, the clock is ticking, the return of our Lord and savior Christ is near. That is the conclusion of the matter.
Till next time, peace and blessings, shalom!