Matt, over at “Matt Dabb’s Blog“, has written a post called “Practicing Confession“. He makes some important points and asks several important questions concerning confessing sins to one another. Consider this:
We live such private lives. We don’t know our neighbors. It is very difficult for people to open up on a deeper level. How do we move from, “Hi, how are you?” “Fine.” to confessing our sins and becoming vulnerable to each other? We all sin and need outlets for confession yet the invitation is only used for that a few times during the year rather than hundreds. I think we could use a more effective outlet for confession.
Matt is correct. We cannot move directly from “How are you?” to “I have sinned”. What is that step in between? I believe that step is fellowship. No, I don’t mean pot-luck suppers. I mean people who are bound together by the presence of the Holy Spirit. No, I’m not talking about a two hour meeting or a once-a-week Bible study. I’m talking about people who share their lives with one another.
I believe that this type of fellowship is the “effective outlet for confession”. What do you think?