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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Christ has made it possible for us to go directly to God for forgiveness. But confessing our sins to each other still has an important place in the life of the church. (1) If we have sinned against an individual, we must ask him or her to forgive us. (2) If our sin has affected the church, we must confess it publicly. (3) If we need loving support as we struggle with a sin, we should confess that sin to those who are able to provide that support. (4) If we doubt God’s forgiveness, after confessing a sin to him, we may wish to confess that sin to a fellow believer for assurance of God’s pardon. In Christ’s Kingdom, every believer is a priest to other believers. (NLT)
James 5:13-16 – Are any among you suffering? They should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually sing praises to the Lord.
Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.
Confess your sins to each other. –James 5:16 (NIV)
Marie Braam (Cape Town, South Africa) titled her story “A BURDEN LIFTED;” here is a portion of Marie’s story:
“Early one morning, an elderly neighbor rang my doorbell. ‘Fetch your Bible,’ he said. ‘Read James 5:16. What is says is what I have come to do.’ . . . I listened as he unburdened himself, and I prayed for him. I was greatly humbled by this experience.
“Since then, today’s verse has become especially meaningful to me. To confess is to acknowledge weakness. It requires that we trust one another. Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’ (Matt. 11:28).
“To acknowledge our faults may bring relief and a measure of peace, but only Jesus can give the assurance, comfort, strength, healing, and forgiveness that we need.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – By confessing my sins, I open myself to Christ’s forgiveness.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for understanding our frailty and bearing our burdens. Strengthen us as we listen and pray for others. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.
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