What’s your sin?

If there’s one bible verse that constantly challenges me it’s…

“James 5:26
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.”

We are expected not only to repent our sins to God but to each other.. WHOAH!

We all have personal struggles that we share with no one right? I can’t be the only one? I have things that I have shared, and said I’ve struggled with, even here on my blog. Others though I prayed about and they went away. Some still haunt me. The thing is we are not supposed to be fighting by ourselves. We are a family. One body.

Sadly, with everyone keeping their little problems to themselves, new Christians come and assume we are perfect and sometimes may even give up, because they thought sharing their imperfections with a bunch of holy members of the church was an impossible.

I follow this organization called p4cm(passion for Christ movement), they mostly reach out through poetry and I’m a huge fan of poetry. Anyway, in their store they had an EX range of tee’s. Ex- masturbator, ex-porn addict, ex-doubter, ex-hypocrite e.t.c. You buy the one that applies to you and wear it proudly, because you have been saved and redeemed by Christ.

I absolutely love that idea to be open and tell people that no one is perfect but God still loves us.

To confess that which we kept hidden. To be free. It’s a great concept, but what I’m saying isn’t that we should all wear a t-shirt with our past sins or the sins we are still struggling with but to be able to admit that we are sinners and we have been redeemed. To be able to talk to each  other honestly and openly without fear of condemnation. To be a family that loves each other and is there for one another. Because this world is hard enough without us(Christians), condemning each other. We get enough of that from the world. We should embrace each other with love and grace. We should console and pray for each other. We should lead each other.

We are called to be a family. That is the only way anyone can actually be able to come to us and say hey, I’ve been struggling with sex addiction can you help me”

 

 

Me? I used too watch porn(a lot)..  Am I tempted to once in a while? yes. But, I am proud to say I don’t watch anymore.

I used to drink, a lot.. I don’t drink anymore.

I have a lot of flaws and imperfections I can’t list them all now, but God is strong in my weakness. I may one day slip and do something but, I choose to focus on God and His undying love for me. and that gets me through everyday.

God loves you, He hates your sin. If you trust in Him, he will always come through.

 

So tell me, what is your sin?

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6 thoughts on “What’s your sin?

  1. Prior to being married… I slept around. Yes, I was that guy in the bar using cheesy pickup lines.

    No more cheese…oh wait, I am still cheesy at times.

    Definitely no more sleeping around. I am forgiven, and I am happily married to a woman who far outshines the competition.

  2. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

    16 Therefore 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

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    * I’d like to make some correction. It says “confess” not repent
    * Confess means acknowledging your sins.
    * – in this case with each other. we may have offend someone unknowingly

    * If it says confess our sin to God, we acknowledge and agree with God we are a sinner
    * unbelievers come to God and confess they are sinners.

    * for believers : are we sinners? no. we are a new creation.
    * we have a new persona, identity. we are the “righteousness of God”

    “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him
    we might become the righteousness of God”
    – 2 Corinthians 5:21

    * so believers are righteous before God. then you pray to God and your prayer
    * is answered because it is effective and availing much because you are Righteous!

    * Let me qualify “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
    * this righteousness is not the result of confessing your sins.
    * righteousness is of faith. not of works (confession, doing good works …)

    “For we consider a person to be justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”
    – Romans 3:28

    @I choose to focus on God and His undying love for me. and that gets me
    through everyday
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    Amen!

    “For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had NO MORE CONSCIENCE of SINS”
    – Hebrews 10:2

    We are now

    * Righteousness conscious, not Sin conscious
    * God’s Love conscious, not “my Love” for God conscious
    * We are now Jesus conscious, not devil conscious
    * We are now Grace conscious, not Law conscious

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    rather than display publicly or past, why don’t we display publicly our future?

    • I agree with what your saying, the point though that we have all sinned and still have sin we struggle with.
      To confess means to acknowledge or own up to something. All I’m saying is we need to own up to our short-comings and build each other instead of being quiet and pretending we have none.A lot of time new believers may find it difficult to talk to leaders in the church or people who have known Christ for a while because they think they are perfect. There is no shame in acknowledging we have a past, and if we show new believer that, then they won’t have shame and are more likely to be open and honest as opposed to struggling alone. As much as we want to focus on the future the past will have a way of sneaking up on us and if we have not gotten rid of the shame associated with i then we can’t really say we’re moving forward can we?

      • @There is no shame in acknowledging we have a past, and if we show new believer that, then they won’t have shame and are more likely to be open and honest as opposed to struggling alone
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        Yes you are absolutely right!

        @ As much as we want to focus on the future the past will have a way of sneaking up on us and if we have not gotten rid of the shame associated with i then we can’t really say we’re moving forward can we?
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        Very well said

        and if the past haunts us, let us be reminded

        “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
        – Romans 8:1
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        grace and peace to ya

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