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It’s hard for us to accept at times, but the Scripture is clear:
we must confess our sins to each other.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray
for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous
man is powerful and effective.
(James 5:16 NIV)
Why do we need to confess our sins?
Well, it certainly isn’t necessary to inform God, the omniscient
one. He already knows. But many of us are in denial
about this. Like a good physician, he wants us to face up to
the disease we have. The longer in denial, the later the cure.
One good reason: so that others – especially beginners – don’t
think that they are the only ones with this problem. Even the
most mature of Christians still must confess.
Another good reason: by confession you seek help. The
help you need in dealing with sin is found in the church and nowhere
else. But how can you get help if you won’t ask?
Sometimes the good of the church may require a public confession.
Dirt swept under the rug is – dirt.
By taking communion, you proclaim your sinful nature for all to
see. If you are to take it with clean hands, confession should
come first. Let this communion be a reminder to you.
Christ sacrificed his life that you might have forgiveness. He
established communion so that you might remember that. The
price of forgiveness has been paid; follow his instructions to
Remember: if Christ can forgive you (and he does) then you
can forgive others. Let this communion spur you to reconcile
with your fellow Christians by confessing and seeking forgiveness,
just as Christ has forgiven you.