Guilt. It is in today’s news stories. It is part of our lives. It can become so imbedded in our own story that we hardly know life without the guilt we carry. Guilt does not remain buried, but grows in such a way that it touches everything that comes in and goes out of the heart. Before us all, we are seeing the damage that years of deceit and efforts to cover up the deceit. Will it be deceit, guilt, confession or a clean heart that will define Lance Armstrong? It is too soon to know. A process has begun, but will it continue?
James, the brother of Jesus, wrote this: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other that you may be healed. (James 5:16)
Confess and pray. Confess is to tell somebody. Find someone you can trust and admit what you have done. Ultimately, you will need to tell the person you have wronged. And pray. Prayer isn’t just calling out in the dark to a distant unknown God. James knew that God draws near to those who draw near to God. Heaven and earth come together when someone calls on the name of the Lord.
Confess is horizontal. Pray is vertical. To confess and to pray is to renew one’s heart. The debt is cancelled, and you are free.
Today’s reading: James 5:15-16