“He who is alone with his sin is utterly alone. . . . But it is the grace of the gospel, which is so hard for the pious to understand, that confronts us with the truth and says: You are a sinner, a great, desperate sinner; now come as the sinner you are, to the God who loves you.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, author in “Life Together”
Confession of sin, embedded in the gospel of Jesus Christ, is a vital part of our personal spirituality. However, confessing our sin and faults to one another can cause us to feel uncomfortable especially in a community of faith—the church. At Narratives our community works hard to create safe spaces, whether it’s in a missional community small group, classroom settings, or on a Sunday morning with other believers. Confessing our sin and fault is moving beyond minimizing the sin in our lives with such vague statement’s as “I’m struggling with . . .” or relying on the “silent confession.” Rather we embrace the full exhortation of James 5:16, “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed.” Confession is a sacred rhythm that must be practiced daily. Why? So that we may be healed from the toxic lies and sin that keep us from maturing in Christ.
Scriptural Basis: 1 John 1:8, 1 John 1:9-2:2, James 5:16, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Luke 11:4, Psalm 51, Psalm 130, Acts 5:1–11, Matthew 6:1–18, 2 Corinthians 7:10, Galatians 6:2, Proverbs 28:13