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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
View Wesley's Notes for James 5:16
5:16 Confess your faults - Whether ye are sick or in health. To one another - He does not say, to the elders: this may, or may not, be done; for it is nowhere commanded. We may confess them to any who can pray in faith: he will then know how to pray for us, and be more stirred up so to do. And pray one for another, that ye may be healed - Of all your spiritual diseases.
View People's Bible Notes for James 5:16
Jas 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another. This verse springs from Jas 5:15. We all need healing of our sins. Let the brother confess his faults as a demonstration of repentance and let brethren pray for each other. Repentance, confession and prayer are the conditions of the forgiveness of sins committed by church members.
Petrus's comment on 2013-04-24 10:19:45:
I think God wants us to be open books to one another, because many times people's prayers are not being answered due to the fact that they havenít confessed their Sins before they pray. This teaches us what you need to do before you pray. Confess then pray, not other way around.
Jim's comment on 2013-01-01 12:11:21:
Faults are the root cause of sin. Dealing with faults (through confession and counseling) allows for objective steps to address the real issue(s). Conversely, confession of sins puts a "bandage" on deeper issues, and often is only subjective emotionalism (not a sin to cry about it). Romans 7:8 in dealing with the issue of sin, makes it clear our walk with Christ is the root issue, not the sin itself. Faults are related to certain failures in that walk. Sin is only a consequence of those failures. So confession, may make some feel better (for awhile), but until they deal with the root cause, repeated sin is likely and with that a defeated attitude.
Lynette's comment on 2012-10-17 21:46:01:
This scripture teaches me that when we are going through something, when we share it with a fellow believer, we are to confess our faults and pray for each other, and believe in FAITH that we will be healed. The prayers are those that pray with a sincere, faithful heart can and will move on the heart of God. These are prayers that matter. And when you fast and pray this shows God how sincere and passionate you are about that which you are praying for.
Bill Pieczara's comment on 2012-08-29 08:07:57:
Prayer not only heals, it saves!
tony curtis.latham's comment on 2010-12-05 07:01:55:
to obey,humble yourself , to become accountable to a wife, or friend.....
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