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Confessing Our Sins
Yes Kathr . . . if I understand you right, whatever James 5:16 means to do, this needs to go along with all else which God's word says, including James chapter one.

I believe James 5:16 shows that our Father includes us in His process of healing us of character problems. We are healed more and more together with Him and with one another . . . ministering this healing grace to one another > 1 Peter 4:9-10.

Confessing Our Sins
Hi, Kathr . . . you said >

"I've always found it interesting that verse says 'faults' not 'sin'."

A sin can be an action, but a fault can be a condition of our character. And a fault in character can make us able to give in to sinning, and able to suffer various horrid things of unforgiveness, stress, nasty anger, arguing, and complaining.

So . . . would it not be good that God has provided a way to be "healed" of character problems so we are together with God in His love, instead?

Confessing Our Sins
It doesn't say for some one person to do all the confessing, but "to one another". So, I see this would be for what we all need.

And a leader could take the lead in doing what this really means . . therefore what really works >

"nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock " (1 Peter 5:3)

Confessing Our Sins
Well, this scripture says to have mutual confession with "one another". And each child of God has ability to pray for others to be "healed". God commands this mutual confession with healing prayer. Therefore, we can be sure God is committed to making this work > even while we still have "trespasses" to confess, with God we can pray for one another to be "healed" . . . what God means by this.

So, I see how it is good to know what is the healing which is guaranteed to come with confession "to one another" with prayer for each other.

What Is Clamor
Thank you, Strong Ax . . . a good and practical sharing.

I think of how you bring out that clamor can have a strategic purpose, of drowning out what someone has to say.

And with this I think of how there can be a racket inside of us, intended to keep us from being attentive to God and resting with Him in His peace.

"rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." (1 Peter 3:4)

Always Learning Scriptures
Hi, Ruben . . . you say, "Here in this life we do not share so much in the glory of the resurrection as we do in the suffering of Jesus in the cross1"

Paul does say > "For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes." (1 Corinthians 11:26) So, yes the death of Jesus is emphasized in Christianity, including in communion.

But is Jesus on Calvary mainly about all that suffering? To me, Ephesians 5:2 shows that how He was sweetly pleasing our Father and loving us is what needs our attention . . . as our example of how we also are required to love. So, in our communion, then, we best show His death by loving the way Jesus was loving us while Jesus was on Calvary.

Always Learning Scriptures
God's basic purpose, I now understand, is to have many children who are "conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." (in Romans 8:29) So, everything fits with this overall purpose, in God's word and in things of history. This is God's priority, so it can seem like He does not care about a lot of things.

And this might help us to understand what Jesus means about eating His flesh and drinking His blood. With this, Jesus says, "He who feeds on me will live because of Me," in John 6:57. How will we become if we feed on Jesus? - - - like first gets attention in the Sermon on the Mount > poor in spirit, meek, merciful, and pure in heart.

Living In The End Times
"For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Romans 5:10)

"we shall be saved by His life"

So, we hear so much about being saved by Jesus dying on the cross.

How about what God means by being "saved by His life"? What does this mean?

Democrat And Republican Thoughts
"'But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled, for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.'" (Mark 13:7)

So . . . I see that Jesus has guaranteed there will be the wars we see now.

He says they "must" happen. And "do not be troubled".

1 Timothy 2:1-4 says what to do >

"first of all".

There are deeply ruined people who have no clue how to love. So, they can be Satanic children ruling nations, using weapons as their toys. So, Jesus has us pray for such people, with hope for them > love "hopes all things" (in 1 Corinthians 13:7)

Living In The End Times
"Where is God?"

Jesus has guaranteed these things will happen. So, God is in the know and working His perfect plan, every moment. But how are we taking it! Where does our attention belong??

"'Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.'" (Luke 21:28)

"'See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass" (in Matthew 24:6)

What Are The Sons Of God
Jesus sent Paul in order for Paul to turn people "from the power of Satan to God" > in Acts 26:18.

It has taken God's power to deliver people from Satan's kingdom, and change people into how we can be, yes, in His love.

There are Satanic sorts of anger and hate and lusts and unforgiveness which have power to deeply degrade and ruin people so they do not know how to love.

But God's power can join a person to Jesus, so he or she becomes "one spirit with Him." (in 1 Corinthians 6:17) And His love and peace has His almighty power to protect us from cruel and nasty things > Philippians 4:6-7.

Are Narcissists Sinless
Kathr . . . about if narcissists are born "that way" > they were born in sin . . . and so they have "the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience" (in Ephesians 2:2).

This spirit of Satan is narcissistic . . . making him and all his children narcissistic . . . some more obviously than others.

Any of us in pride and anger and blaming could be like that.

Can We Become Sinless
As much as our character has been changed by God so we are like Jesus, we enjoy His good which comes with how He has overcome this evil world.

For example >

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." (in 1 John 4:18)

So, if our character is of God's love, we have His almighty power to overcome any fear. And perfection is not only about what we can understand sin to be, but we have character against howsoever Satanic things would infect our character and effect our emotions and how we are relating with others.

Can we be perfected . . . "in this world" . . . in God's own love? > 1 John 4:17.

Judgement In The House Of God
Hi, Kathr . . . you talk about what happened with Job and his friends.

The LORD did some judging, I would say, in how the LORD questioned Job. And Job said he repented in sackcloth and ashes. So, I see some judging there, with correction of Job and Job coming to appreciate who Jesus is, so more than who he was claiming himself to be (c:

And I think of how God's correction can work, then > Hebrews 12:4-14. With this character correction we so appreciate God in us and how Jesus in us has us becoming.

This comes with how God evaluates us . . . judges us . . . now, then changes us so we will become how He will want us to be when we are finally judged.

Are Wrath And Anger The Same
About not allowing anger and its stinking thinking to take root and grow in us >

our Apostle Paul says, in 1 Corinthians 6:12 >

"I will not be brought under the power of any" >

Anger can't to me if I am not under the power of anything.

Are Wrath And Anger The Same
In my case, I would say wrong anger and wrath are me reacting to things not going my way. But God in His anger makes things better. For example, Jesus made things better, by removing the activity which was not prayer in the Temple. And He would say things which can help us do better > like welcoming children to Jesus.

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