16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
“You can’t possibly tell anyone!” says the evil one. “You know what they will think of you if you tell them the truth,” the deceiver continues. The brokenhearted one sits in silence as he contemplates his actions. The pretender wraps his devious intentions into the weary one’s emotions. The poisonous gestures seep from the evil one’s nature. He strategically encircles the vulnerable soul. He leans in and whispers with heated breath, “You’re not who you think you are! You are a hypocrite, slanderer, gossip, and most certainly — lost!” The injured one slumps in his chair in a form of acknowledgement. He surrenders, “I guess you’re right.”
Dear friends, this might be your story. If not, it is most certainly the story of someone around you! As brothers and sisters in Christ, we cannot stand for this. We must fight for each other. The passage above says we need to confess our sins to one another. Why is this? I am far from a biblical scholar. However, I know two spiritual facts from this passage. First, chains break when sin is confessed. Secondly, evil scatters when the prayer of a righteous believer covers you.
Do not listen to the lies of the evil one any longer. You are a son and daughter of the King. You, my friend, are victorious over the evil one in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us come together in unity with the Holy Spirit to confess our sins, grow in Christ’s likeness, and bask in His forgiveness.