Verse Of The Day
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Every man for himself? No. Definitely not in the faith of Christ in whom we are one body, and are all partakers in one Spirit. The genuine sign of our faith in Christ is love for one another, springing forth into oneness. It is this that all men see and know that we are His disciples. Your hands are not separate from the body, neither are your legs by themselves or your nose by itself; all are united as one and so must we, the body of Christ, be.
As members of one body, we must learn to confess our faults to one another and pray for one another. These words of the apostle James bring with it an underlying call to be good listeners. The body needs more of this.
Christ has proven Himself an ever trustworthy listener to all of our most intimate confessions. As replicas of His, we must prove ourselves as trustworthy listeners to the most intimate confessions of others. This inspires the freedom in them to confess their faults to us knowing that our reaction, whatsoever, would leave them for the better, just like Jesus’ does.
Not just that, the art of praying for others must not be left to preachers or pastors. If we have been made righteous in Christ, we must recognize the potency of our effectual, fervent prayers and intercessions, and engage these in bringing healing and strength to others.
These little acts of listening, building trust, praying and interceding for one another are the cords that bind us together in Christian love.
Dad, I am grateful for the opportunity to be just like you. I receive help from You to be a trustworthy listener to the most intimate burdens and confessions of others. I also recognize that in Christ it is never a case of every man for himself and therefore cultivate the habit of praying and interceding for others so that we all may be strengthened in our journey in and to You.
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