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From Hiding to Healing


Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16

One of the most difficult things for me to do is to confess my sin to another Christian.  I have no problem asking for prayer because I have the flu, or because my mortgage is due and I'm short on cash.  But tell a believer face to face that I have an habitual sin, are you kidding?  I want to keep it hidden.
 
I'm afraid that what I have done in secret will damage how others see me, how you see me.  The pride in me would rather hide behind the cardboard image of myself.  It is a scary thing to give up the phony self image, doesn't it scare you? 
 
Why take the risk?  We confessed it to the Lord and He didn't condemn us. Why not hide it from others?  Maybe in a week, or a month, or a year from now we can tell them that we had this struggle but have since overcome.  Then we can keep our image and protect our reputation.  Then we can hide our ongoing struggle with anger, or alcohol, or drug abuse. You may struggle to forgive someone who has deeply hurt you.  It might be gambling.  My struggle is with internet pornography.

Listen, we all need to hear this and take action.  Everyone has a struggle.  And hiding only prevents the healing.  But we need to use wisdom here and tell someone who cares and won't try to fix us or condemn us or gossip about our sinful habits.  Pray about it.  Maybe your pastor, or a trusted friend.  I have friends at Celebrate Recovery.  If you want, you can go to CR group locator and find one in your area.  It's an excellent and safe place where people support one another in Christ.

We all need healing from sin.  Jesus knows and He wants to help us remove the band-aid that hides the cancer of our sin.  Let us look to Him for the courage to confess our struggles with someone we can trust, who will keep us accountable, and who will help us stand when we have stumbled and fallen.  Let's pray.

Jesus, we all stumble in many ways.  Help us to humble ourselves and come out of hiding.  Help us find a friend and a safe place where Your healing begins in the light.  Amen

Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. James 5: 16


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