Have you been treasure hunting or grave digging during your fast? I have had a bit of both. One day a treasure the next a grave. And sometimes the treasure was in putting to death things that have long haunted me.
We had some friends over on Saturday night and God had reminded me of how I had grossly sinned while out on a double date with them. My sin not only embarrassed me (when looking back at my behavior) but also put them in the place of ‘parenting’ me; an awful role to impose on a friend or my husband. So when they came over, I confessed my sin to them. Of course in their graciousness they said they couldn’t even remember the event and said it wasn’t necessary to apologize to them. Ah, but what they didn’t know is that I needed to apologize for me.
Leanne Payne in her teaching series talks about how we have lost the need of confessing our sins to another. I have to say that as an Evangelical I had no understanding of the confessional that is presented in the liturgical churches such as Catholic, Episcopal and Anglican. She explains that when a particular sin gets a hold of your soul, and no matter how many times you might have confessed the sin it doesn’t let go is when you need to confess to another. It is not necessarily for accountability as much as it is for your need to hear someone else proclaim to you the forgiveness of Christ graciously given to you. The proclamation of another over you can be the one thing that sets you free.
This memory had stuck with me, shame in tow, guilt alongside until I confessed it for what it was – SIN!
I dug the grave and put that sin to death. It no longer has the power to shame or reprove me. And in digging that grave I found a treasure in the confession of sin to another.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
© Cheryl Meakins