Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16) There are two of Jesus’ half-brothers with New Testament Gospels included in the Bible. James is the oldest and probably the one who detested his ‘perfect’ half-brother the most due to jealousy. The other is Jude. Not much is known about Jude, but his very short gospel says a lot about how we are to live as Christians. Both dwell on the importance of ‘how to live and love’. Can you think of anything more difficult for someone to do than ‘totally’ love others’ and then ‘confess sins’? I realize Catholics seem to practice ‘confession’ easily enough, but they do so in the privacy of the Confessional to a Priest. As a Baptist, I have no ‘priest’. My Bible tells me that as a believer, I am a member of a Royal Priesthood, but for some reason, I do not feel righteous enough to proclaim same. Then I read further and see that only through the blood of Christ do I gain a righteous status. All of this is enough to keep my mind a-twirl, donchaknow. Really. I have experienced confession of shortcomings to another, the recipient of same. It feels good but it has a degree of wonder. That being ‘I wonder if they really forgive?’. Dwelling there defeats the purpose. Really. It’s kind of like when you share Jesus with another. All of it is out of our hands in in the hands of the Holy Spirit. Having been faithful to our calling, with clear, clean heart, we can simply move on to our next opportunity of TRUTH-SHARING.
And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates. AMEN