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Keep confessing
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
April 13, 2024

There is only one thing more agonizing than confessing your more embarrassing sins to another Christian. That one thing is confessing your embarrassing sins to another Christian again.

Here’s why I say that—It takes tremendous courage to confess to a friend. However, after your confession happens, the temptation isn’t over. Sometimes the tempter triples his efforts the very night that you brought your struggle into the light. And sadly, sometimes that temptation works. You fall. You fail. You take two steps back hours after that one bold step forward.

What do you say to your friend in that moment? How mortifying is it when that conversation didn’t “work,” not even for a week, perhaps not even for a day? The embarrassment is enough to make you avoid the issue altogether, to vaguely claim, “I’m doing pretty well this week …”

Please don’t. When James wrote his classic verse on confession, his original Greek said, “Keep confessing your sins to each other” (James 5:16). The God who inspired his words knew that confession isn’t a one-and-done sort of thing. It’s a lifestyle, a habit, like going to the gym week after week, trusting that the repetition will produce real results.

So keep confessing. Whether it was a good week or a bad one, keep this part of your life in the light. This practice will give your inner circle another chance to encourage you, pray for you, and tell you the best news in the universe—Through Jesus you are already perfect.