James 5:15,16

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

15. [The prayer of faith]. The prayer for the sick must be offered in faith to be effectual. [If we have committed sins]. Often our sickness is due to sins against our body. The Lord, who raises the sick in answer to prayer, will forgive these. [16. [Confess your faults]. This verse springs from the preceding . We all need healing of our sins. Let the brother confess his faults as a demonstration of repentance and let brethren pray for each other. Repentance, confession and prayer are the conditions of the forgiveness of sins committed by church members.

I believe that many of us are sick in our bodies because we do not obey this verse – confessing our faults to one another. And the reason we do not confess our faults to one another is because church folk TALK and GOSSIP too much. You would hope that if you confess your faults to each other, they would be COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL. Now this is something that the Body of Christ needs to work on.


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