Be ready to explain God’s purposes in public confession
Many will likely ask, “Why is all that is going on so public? I’ve always been taught to confessmy sin privately.” Even so, the power of sin is in itssecrecy. Once a person’s disposition of concealmentis broken, the Spirit’s power can once again do atransforming work.
More specically, even though private prayer
with confession has a key role in the Christianlife, too often sin’s hold is not broken because wecontinue to coddle it at some conscious or subcon-scious level. Instead of the abundant life that Jesuspromised His followers, the result is defeat.But in public confession, very few confess theirwaywardness unless they have a sincere desire toturn, burn bridges, and close the door once and forall. People feel the weight of the issue at hand and,for the most part, playing games with God is over.Another byproduct of public confession is thatmasks come off, real needs are shared, and thebody of Christ at last becomes what God intended itto be. Like never before, students will pray for eachother, encourage each other, and navigate God’swill together.Perhaps this why James urges believers to“confess your sins to one another, that you may behealed” (James 5:16). Through public confession,spiritual, physical, emotional, and relational healing is waiting for us.Often, the real issue is not the sin that needs tobe confessed publicly, but the pride that needs to beslayed so that we will obey the Spirit’s promptings tobe transparent. In other words, fundamentally Goduses public confession to humble us.
the bodyof Christ at last becomes what God intended it to be.