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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Four Benefits of Admitting My Mistakes

In James 5:16 it says, “Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (TLB)

The fastest way to build community is through admitting my mistakes. But why in the world would anybody risk honesty? Because it’s worth the risk. God says there are four benefits of being honest about my feelings, faults, and fears

First, I’ll get emotional healing. The Bible says in James 5:16, “Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (TLB). 

There is a big difference between forgiveness and emotional healing. If I need forgiveness for something in my life, all I need to do is confess it to God. Emotional healing comes from telling somebody else.

Second, I get a fresh start. Proverbs 28:13 says, “A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance” (TLB). 

One of the most helpful things I can do in my small group is help people forgive themselves. A lot of people need somebody to say, “You’ve admitted it to God? Then you are forgiven. You’ve confessed it? Then you are forgiven. Let it go.” 

Third, I get God’s power to change. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor” (James 4:10 NLT). 

How does this work? The Bible says that God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. God’s grace is the power to change. When I get God’s grace, I can change the things I've always wanted to change in life. But it only comes through humility, and humility comes through honesty

Fourth, I get deeper fellowship. The Bible says, “But if we live in the light—just as he is in the light—then we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7 GNT). 

We think that if we’re open about our fears, hang-ups, imperfections, and secret faults, people are going to think less of us. The opposite is true! The more honest I am, the more people like and want to be with me

Many people have realized, “My life is messed up. I’ve got some serious hang-ups, habits, bad responses, and bad relationships. There’s no way I could admit to all of the bad stuff in my life.” 

God wants to turn my hurt into healing. Then he wants to use me in the lives of other people. He’s just waiting for me to surrender.