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If you have sinned, you should tell each other what you have done. Then you can pray for one another and be healed. The prayer of an innocent person is powerful, and it can help a lot.
There are two phrases in this verse that are very important. “Tell each other” and “pray for one another.” They clearly show the Fellowship of Confession. We are to confess our sins, but we are told to confess our sins to “each other!” Confession is not intended to be a one way street.
Satan wants sins to be kept secret. He wants you to feel guilty about your sin, but not to tell anyone about it! When sin remains a secret it is like an infection under your skin that needs to be drained. If you refuse to open up the sore, it will only get worse!
The Enemy uses “everybody’s doing it” to get as many people as possible deep into the throws of sin! Jesus uses “everybody’s confessing it” to open the doors of the prison of even a moment of personal rebellion against God! Of course, confessing your sin is worthless without the Blood of Jesus, which is the power behind your confession. But Christians without repentance and confession of their sin are immobilized by the mud and mire of their guilt!
The Bible says in 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn't in our hearts.”
Add the fellowship of confession to your repentance and experience the peace of God in every way!
“Thank you Lord Jesus for the healing that comes through confessing our sins and praying for each other. May Your Holy and Precious Name be praised now and forever. Amen.”