Mrs. X started talking about her weaknesses, that she has been living carelessly for some time now and she know is not good for her as a believer in Jesus Christ. She said she is not pretending about it and she is being open because she needs help to live as a sincere Christian. Mrs. Y was trying everything possible to discourage Mrs. X from talking about her weaknesses and she was interrupting her. Then Mr. Q stopped Mrs. Y from interrupting Mrs. X. Mr. Q said Mrs. X should allow Mrs. X share her weaknesses because it is in so doing we will pray for her to receive strength in the Lord.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is very effective.” (James 5:16 TFL)
Now, that is how it is in our fellowships today, brethren pretending to be who they are not. Hiding all manner of weaknesses (lying, stealing, fornication, arrogance, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, jealousy, envy, deceitfulness, adultery etc.) to show that we are strong. And as Apostle Arome Osayi said “When you lose the virtue of sincerity, you are not a Christian, you are a cartoon”. The earlier you expose your weakness and seek for support, the better for you.
The devil strives in secrecy. So if you want to end up in destruction, then hide your weaknesses. But if you desire to live a victorious Christian life, expose your weaknesses and receive help to overcome them.
Another angle to this as I understand is the “basket mouths” we have in our fellowships today, who cannot keep in confidence things shared by brethren. Also the bad treatment others have gotten for sharing their weaknesses in the past make some sincere brethren hide theirs for the fear of rejection and bad treatment. This ought not to be so!
Now the solution to this is on the part of the one who needs help. Seek out for spiritually matured brethren. Spiritual maturity is not in suit and tie or in speaking loudly in tongues or knowing how to quote the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. You need to prayerfully ask God to lead you to talk to someone who is spiritually matured. The person may even be younger in age to you or someone you may not like or does not look fashionable, but be humble enough to seek help from whom the Spirit leads you to.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the older, spiritually mature brothers of the gathering of the called-out ones and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will heal the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven”. (James 5:14-15 TFL). May the Lord give you understanding.
Let’s try to be Christians indeed and in words. The Lord’s command is to be our brothers’ keeper.
Finally, “My brethren, if anyone among you deviates from the truth and someone helps him turn around, let him know that he who recovers a sinner from the delusion of his way saves a soul from death and covers a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-12 TFL)
Are you sick? Are you living in sin secretly? Do you need help to be sincere in your life?
It’s time to exchange your weaknesses to strength.
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The Bridge Youth Development Foundation Office Address: 29 Abba Moro Avenue Odessassa, Ugbokolo, Okpokwu LGA. Benue State.
God bless you.
Marcus Edibogi Akor.