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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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.
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.
R C's comment on 2013-12-05 18:52:19:
My comment is that as we begin to walk in faith and remember what Paul commanded in 1 tim,2:1 that we should pray for all people then we will grab a hold of Jam 5:16 and be grateful to for our sis and brothers knowing that God is enabeling us to function that His glory will be seen. miracles will happen when we obey God in praying one for another.
Patrice Obute Awelo's comment on 2013-09-25 11:33:34:
We should always be open and acknowledge our problems to one another so that he or she may assist us in prayer ,which we have been assured releases much power since we are we have right standing with God
Sam Chiaka's comment on 2013-08-30 01:13:12:
This scripture doesn't mean we are to continually confess our sins to our brothers and sisters in church, if that were to be the case, we would all lose our love for and faith in one another. No this verse is telling us to own up our wrongs. If I offend my brother I ought to say 'I was wrong, I am sorry'. This is the reason some are sickly in the house of God, they refuse to accept their faults and would rather bear grudges. This is why it say "...and pray one for another that ye may be healed."
Onome's comment on 2013-08-02 07:15:48:
I am having a beautiful meaning to this wonderful scripture. Our faults can be meant to mean our struggles, our fears, our emotions and trails and here the bible is saying we should confess them to one another. There is a power that goes forth when we confess our "selves" and in the process expose the dark side and lies the devil has been holding us in bondage on. It actually liberates us because in the process of confessing, the true us is reveal and that would often give rise to prayer. Prayer is a great weapon that breaks every darkness and exposes to light that which is hid. When I know that my sister is struggling with something through her confession to me, that gives rise to prayer because I believe we all have a Father who is deeply moved by the feelings of our infirmity (struggles, fears, worries, anxieties e.t.c.) and He always hears us too. The effectual fervent prayer said in righteousness of heart will give great results because when we bear iniquity in our hearts, God our Father who cannot behold sin, will not hear us.
Larry Nelson's comment on 2013-06-28 08:43:41:
i'm going through a time that has been filled with sickness, serious kinds, financial woes , loss of spirtual closeness to God due to my suc***bing to the terible situations. so i'm confessing my faulys which are many as compared to once living so close to MY SAVIOR . Using this tool to put James 5 into action in my life
Petrus's comment on 2013-04-24 09:19:45:
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 11:11:21:
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 20:46:01:
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 07:07:57:
Prayer not only heals, it saves!
Tony Curtis.latham's comment on 2010-12-05 06:01:55:
to obey,humble yourself , to become accountable to a wife, or friend.....
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