As I write this I’m sitting in bed with a brace around my neck, ice on my shoulders, and a heating pad on my lower back. I would like to say this is an abnormal experience, but lately it’s become rather normal. For over 11 months since my major back surgery recovery has been a day and night, painful experience. But, I can promise you that I’m continuing to faith walk.
Now, I’m always aware that there are many that are tired of hearing about my struggles. They would rather me say I’m suddenly healed or just keep my mouth shut. After all, I am supposed to be a man of great faith. Well, let me make this very clear to anyone listening. We all struggle, we all fall short, and we all deal with things daily we just wish would go away.
If there is one thing I’ve discovered for sure during this seasonal journey it’s the fact that confession really is healing. First, there is nothing harder than living a lie. Secondly, just to get things off your chest makes things so much more bearable. Thirdly, allowing God to use your struggle gives you a clear view that your pain in not in vain.
Now, I don’t know what you have going on in your life at this time. But, I know these things for sure. Confession is healing. Confession of your struggle builds a bridge from your heart to the hearts of others who are struggling. And, confession is critical to God being able to use your weakness to reflect His greatness. It’s alright to cry. It’s alright to shout. And, it’s healing to let it all out.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)