Confess your faults one to another… – James 5:16
The verse above admonishes that you own up when you do something wrong against your brother or sister. It’s not talking about going to them to confess all your sins, as many have erroneously assumed; rather, it means being humble enough to accept your fault.
The Amplified version puts it this way, “Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins)….” Note that when it says “your sins,” it’s not referring to sins against God; it’s talking about the person you offended—he’s the one to forgive you. So, always be quick and gracious to acknowledge and accept your wrong when you err against your brother or sister in the Lord. When you live like this, there’ll be peace in your heart, and in your life, because this is God’s will.
Likewise, when you’re offended, reach out to the offender; don’t wait for him or her to come and apologize to you before you forgive. Don’t hold a grudge; it doesn’t mean you’re being naïve or unduly indulging that one who has offended you; it simply shows the excellence and nobility of your character.
God doesn’t brood over your wrong or hold it against you, so why should you brood over the wrong done to you by someone else, and let it linger? Don’t do that. Forgive quickly. If you wrong anyone, accept your fault, and if you’re wronged, be generous with forgiveness. It’ll bring beauty to your life, as it reveals the honour of your personality.
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Dear Father, I thank you for the Lordship of your Word over my life. In my dealings with people today, I’m humble and tender-hearted, fully yielded to your Word. Wrath, anger, and clamour with all bitterness are not a part of me, for I’m rooted and grounded in love, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: 1 Corinthians 6:7; Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:31-32