When Someone Confesses Sin to You

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” When a brother or sister in Christ follows the lead of James 5:16, what should we do (or not do)?

  1. Do respond humbly. (Heb 12:12-13;  1 Pet 5:6; James 4:4-10)
  2. Do identify with their struggle. (Rom 3:23; Heb 4:15-16)
  3. Don’t downplay or sugarcoat the seriousness of sin. (Prov 27:5-6;  2 Cor 7:8-11)
  4. Do pray. (James 5:16-20; Acts 8:20-24;  1 John 2:1)
  5. Don’t run and tell others. (Prov 11:12-13; Prov 25:9-14; James 1:19)
  6. Do follow up later. (1 Cor 12:24-26)
  7. Do remember the gospel. (1 Tim 1:14-17)

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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