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Learning to Own my Failures

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James 5:16 (NIV) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Let me preface everything I write today with this truth: “I love to be right and often think I know more than I do. (Krista will be shocked to hear me admit this.) My greatest sin, by far, is my pride.” I think wanting to be right and often being sure that I am is a family trait (curse). I come from a long line of men who find it quite difficult to be wrong. Maybe all men are like this. Though I can’t speak about ALL men, I can certainly speak for the ones I grew up around. While I hate being wrong, I do believe that I am more real about who I am than I have ever been. In other words, I can more readily admit now that I am wrong more than I ever have. Why is this important? I think it is important because admitting we are wrong and having the humility to walk it out opens up doors of love to every relationship we will ever have. I also believe it prepares the way for healing in our relationships.

I have heard it said that confession is good for the soul. It must be true because James certainly encourages it in the above scripture. So what does all of this have to do with being OK with being wrong? Simply put, if you refuse to be wrong in your earthly relationship, it stands to reason that you will have difficulty being wrong in your relationship with the Father. Learning to be okay and honest with your failures will not only heal your earthly relationships but can certainly change the dynamics of the one we have with your Heavenly Father.

Confession is not just good for the soul, but it is undoubtedly good for the body as well. James says that our confession opens up the doors for healing. I think he means both physical healing and certainly for our emotional healing as well. My challenge to us today is this: I want us all to start getting real with who we are. I want us to come to the place where we can admit we are wrong. I want us all to come to a place where we can confess our shortcomings. In the process of learning to do that, we will see some drastic change and some amazing healing.

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Reconciliation

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2 Corinthians 5:18 (NKJV) Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

The very point of the gospel is reconciliation. It’s His story and has become our story. Jesus Christ came to earth to accomplish one thing and one thing only; to reconcile us to the Father. We were a broken mess and we had no hope. We were not only broken, but we were lost. We were lost without a map. We literally had no way of even making it to the Father. Knowing our lost state, Jesus Christ chose to come to earth and accomplish for us what we could never accomplish on our own. He lived perfectly and gave His life on a cross that should have been mine. His willingness to die for us, He made a way for us to be reconciled to the Father. He gave us forgiveness, grace, mercy, and eternal life. He reconciled us to the Father!

Since Jesus came and made us part of His plan of reconciliation were now charged with the “ministry of reconciliation.” This is what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 5:18. He is saying that since we have received the gift of reconciliation that we are now charged with the responsibility of the ministry of reconciliation. I would offer that it isn’t just a facet of the gospel, but that it is the gospel. Since that is true, we must now take on this ministry with great fervor. May we walk it out daily. May we be who the Father created us to be. May we do the thing He has called us to do and may we do it intentionally!

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