“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.’’ James 5:16 (Nkjv)
That’s easier said than done, and I feel like every time I get close to being good at confessing sins to a fellow believer there is something else that pops up. God would bring something up from my past and make it clear I was meant to confess that sin either to whomever I sinned against or to another brother. However, recently, something I had done to a loved one in my addiction came back to haunt me. Now instead of confessing it to a brother again, as I had done, I feel led to admit it to the person I did it too.
I have been worried and stressed, I can’t sleep and some people were concerned about me. I held it inside until the pressure was too much and I had to tell somebody. We prayed fervently to find out if this was instruction from God or just emotions, and it turns out it is from God. I have absolutely no idea how this will affect that person, but I know that if I don’t tell them, they will wonder for the rest of their life who did this to them and why. And I would never know if they would forgive me for what I did.
NKJV “As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.” Psalm 103:13
In the above Psalm, the ESV swaps “pities” with “compassion”, and that is what I hope for. I pray that I continue to mature in my relationship with The LORD seeking after His desires for me. That I remember Jesus never promised an easy path, and that God continues to heal my family and many others.
ESV “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” 103:13