I've been rather quiet on here the past couple of weeks but there's one thing I wanted to share.One thing I've been convicted heavily over the last few weeks and something the Lord is purging from my heart is a critical spirit. It's been directed primarily at myself but I want to apologize in the event I may have offended anyone here. I want to ask for your forgiveness and I hope and pray that we all seek to encourage each other to fervently seek Jesus as Lord in every area of our lives.Why does God want us to confess our sins to one another? I believe the primary reason is that God wants to create true humility. A heart that's willing to admit sin, failure, and seek repentance and restoration is what God wants us to have.The verse focuses on prayer as well, which is absolutely critical but I wanted to focus on the confession aspect, which is often overlooked at least in my own experience. I appreciate everyone on here and enjoy the fellowship, even when I'm rather quiet, which I'm prone to be at times.James 5:16 (AMP) Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].God bless you all.......
Ed, thank you so much for this post. and thank you for being this humble to admit these things. it is very honorable of you. i know I am very guilty of this many times too. it is very hard for me because one of my main gifts is discernment (or maybe it's not a gift as much as a knowledge?) i struggle between what is discernment and when is it appropriate- and then what is just having a critical spirit.i am doing a study on the "power of your words" which is helping me control my tongue in this area. it's my thoughts that will be next. :-) i hope that i will always be able to apologize or repent when i am wrong. it is not always easy.pride is what keeps us from coming clean.thanks again and may God bless your heart! (God gives grace to the humble!)In Him, Chanin
Why does God want us to confess our sins to one another? I believe the primary reason is that God wants to create true humility. A heart that's willing to admit sin, failure, and seek repentance and restoration is what God wants us to have.
One thing I've been convicted heavily over the last few weeks and something the Lord is purging from my heart is a critical spirit.
Wow! I've been starting to pray for this site and ministry, and here's just one way my prayers have been answered! What beautiful fruit! Thanks for sharing & encouraging us with what God's teaching you & doing in you.
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