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Lilly Wooten is a young vivacious Christian who loves to tell others of the love of Jesus. She is attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is the daughter of Bartley and Beth Wooten of Beulaville Baptist Church.
Lilly's thoughts this week...
Confess to Your Brother
According to gotquestions.org, “The word confess means to agree,” “to admit,” or “to say the same thing.” As believers, we are called to confess our sins. We are called to agree with God’s Word and admit when we sin against Him. This is never an easy thing, in fact, sometimes it may cause tears, stomach aches, lost friendships, and other hardships. However, I believe it can be even harder to find yourself being tempted to return to the same sin you once repented from. This is why I believe God gives us other believers to come alongside us in our struggles and temptations and help us overcome them. With that in mind, I want to encourage you with three reasons why it may be beneficial to confess our sins not only to the Heavenly Father, but to other Christians as well.
1. God commands it. James 5:16 states, “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.” Not only are we to confess our sins to one another but pray for one another. 2. We need accountability. Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Therefore, when we confess our sins we need to invite others in to help carry our burdens so we will be less likely to sin again. It is important to have someone checking up on you, praying for you, and holding you accountable so you don't fall back into the same sinful patterns. We should also position ourselves to be able to do this for others!
3. Your obedience may also help others. Last spring I started talking to my college roommate about a temptation in my life. I needed accountability and I knew she could help. However, this wasn’t an easy conversation for me to start. What if she judges me? What if she looks at me differently? After I told her about my temptation, she began asking similar questions of herself. She had been struggling with similar temptations, but did not truly realize it was wrong. God used my obedience to ask for accountability to reach her right where she was at in her walk with the Lord. In the end, by seeking her help, both of us walked away encouraged!