Confess your sins to each other and prayer for each other so that you may be healed (James 5:16)
Confession! It’s good for the soul. And according to James, it’s good for the body, too. He shows a link between the confessing of our sins and the healing of our sickness. A form of prayer, confession is the disclosure of our sins both to God and to our fellow believers.
I’ve heard it said that our secrets make us sick. James uses an interesting word for sickness. In addition to illness, this particular word can mean “weary, fatigued, mentally drained, exhausted.” We see that sin not only separates us from God, it’s also exhausting. Confession of our sins is a first step toward healing. Continue reading