Confessing Some of Your Sins to Another Christian

When we look at James 5:16, we see that we are commanded by God, to confess our sins, to one another.


Now, there are some Christians, who claim, that it means we should confess any of our sins, to other Christians. But does it mean, we must confess every sin we have committed, to other Christians?


What I believe that it means, is that we must confess our sins to one another, when we sin, against each other, and that is confined, only about us sinning or doing something wrong, to another Christian, or another Christian, doing something wrong, against us. That is what it means. Why?


Because, fist of all, we are accountable for all our sins, to God alone, not to other Christians. God is our Judge, and God is the one who will forgive all our sins, if we repent. We do not nee, and are not commanded or called in the Bible, to confess all our sins to another Christian. Why should we?


At the end of the day, many or our sins are nothing to do with them, but are to do with other people or things in our life, for which they do not have any idea at all, most of the time anyway. Why should we confess all or any of our sins to another Christian? We are not accountable to them for our sins, fist of all, but to God.


Jesus said in the Gospels, that if our brother sins against us, then we can go and show him his fault, and if he repents, we must forgive him. Do you see that? Jesus was talking about another Christian sinning against us, doing something wrong to us. That is the type of sins we are supposed to confess to one another, and not all and every sin!


‚ÄčAll other sins, which we have done, and which have nothing to do with the brother who has sinned against us, are to be confessed to God, in order of us, to receive forgiveness. So, we do not need to confess all our sins, to another person, but only if we have done something wrong to that person, that is the sin we need to confess, and ask them for their forgiveness.

You Will Be Forgiven Guaranteed-1 John

Do you struggle with forgiveness from God in your life, for something you have done as a Christian, and that was something with which heaven was not impressed, and you wonder, if God has really forgiven you?

There many Christians, who struggle with the ‘idea’ that God perhaps, will not forgive, the so called ‘bad’ thing, they have done.

To think that God will not forgive, even if have repented for something wrong you have done, is to live with faith, in only the ‘half’ of grace from God. But you see, there is no ‘half’ grace from God for you, just because you have sinned.

If you look at 1 John 1:9, it clearly states that if you confess your sins, God will forgive you! That is the truth! That is the Word of God, speaking to you, right now!

Do not measure the level of the wrong thing you have done, with the level of the grace of God for you! The amount or the size of your sin, will never be able to come on the same level, with the grace God has for you! No sin is big enough or dirty enough, to be able to stop the grace of God coming over it, and washing it away, from your life.

When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, God surely has estimated, the amount and size of all sins, people will commit in the future, and he made sure, that there would not be enough sins, or any sin, which will be able to heavier on the balance scales, than his grace.

The darkest of all of your sins, is not dark enough, to prevent or stop the light of God’s grace, to wipe it away, and make it diminish forever.

Perhaps you say, that I do not know, what you have done, and how bad it is. Yes, I do not know, and I do not need to know, because I do know, what the Word of God says about it. And it says ‘Forgiven!’

The fact of your guilt, for the sin you have done, as a Christian, has to face the truth, which is the Word of God. If you have sinned, and feel guilty as a Christian, even after you have repented before God, your feeling of guilt is a fact, and is real, but is not necessarily the truth. But the Word of God is the truth, and that is what matters, because God’s truth says you are forgiven, feeling it or not! That is truth established in heaven and in his Word! Just hang on, on it, and the truth will set you free!

When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, every single sin, which any human being has committed in the past, or will commit in the future, has been taken into account from God. Every sin! There is no sin, that heaven can not or will not forgive, apart from the eternal sin, as the Scriptures say.

So, be encouraged! God loves you enough, to forgive you all your sins, and he has, if you have repented, just as he has promised you, in his Word.

Why Forgive? Matthew 18:21, 22, 35

That is forgiving without limit. That is why Jesus used a big number, to show us that we must always forgive.

Ho many times God forgives us when we sin? Up to seven times? Up to seventy seven times? No he forgives us number of times without limit. That is why, he wants us to forgive without limit.

We may think think that for some of the worse situations in our life, when people sin against us, we can not forgive, because it hurts too much to forgive those who sin against us.

But forgiving is not forgetting. It is not about how we feel. It is about a choice made from us, based on our desire to forgive, because we have been commanded to by God.

God has commanded us to forgive others, because he has forgiven us. He wants us to be like him.

Forgiveness is a part of the image of God in us. The more we forgive, the more we look and act like God, and the brighter his image shines in us. It is about how much we want to be like him.