From Ritual to Way of Life

Many Christian denominations have a ritual of confession prior to receiving Holy Communion.  Okay, we do it on Sunday, but what about the rest of the week?  It is entirely possible to confess, receive forgiveness, and commune with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ, throughout every single hour of every single day!

Many of us confess to one another as a healthy part of everyday conversation, such as sharing with friends, family members, counselors, pastors, co-workers.  We may confess our faults, or we may also confess our faith in Christ Jesus.  It is a ritual of cleansing.  Upon this cleansing practice, have you ever felt the sudden presence of God in your life at that moment, a moment of pure agape love?  If you have, then you have communed with God.  You have confessed, and you have communed.  The ever-present love of God has come to the forefront of your thoughts, and hopefully strengthened your faith and offered you peace.

These moments may be as powerful as the Holy Communion rail at church.  And these moments are available at all times of the day and night, 24/7.

I looked for passages in the New Testament to offer as a proof source for my bold assertion.  I found many, many that spoke of confessing Jesus Christ to one another.  I also found the following passage in James, James 5:16, that speaks of confessing our faults to one another:  “Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart].  The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”  (Amplified Bible.)

Our confessions in the church pew are only a stepping stone toward a wholesome, rich, and healthy way of life, and the realization of God in our lives.  Have faith.

W.S.

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