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The Reason, We Fail

February 23

  "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, ..."  James 5:16



 
 
 

 

 

 

"These two ... commands form the great bookends of interpersonal health for the Christian." 

 

 

These two present imperative commands form the great bookends of interpersonal health for the Christian.  Humility toward self and concern toward others is vital to the success of every relationship.  "Confess" literally means to come out and reason together.  Toward man, it is the humble admission that we are all the same, and thus partially complicit of the faults which undercut our relations.  "and pray" is to order GOD'S will for another Factory direct.
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?"  Civil war amongst believers flares up here and there, but it need never be.  We lust over 'Saint's Rights' and laugh over GOD'S glory.  We war to division over the temporal and wax cold over the eternal.  The Church has become a trauma center for its own and is largely unable to dispatch the care givers needful to help those in peril of soul.  While we lie anesthetized in our self-inflicted pain, the world we are called to reach lies mortally wounded all around us in their sin.  Given many a saint's approach to humility and love for others, one wonders if there might be corrupt translations afoot?  "Confess the faults of others, and prey one upon another, ..." more closely mirrors the practice among us today.

How much bickering and suffering within Christendom could be alleviated at the table of humble reason and prayer?  The obvious, and only Biblical answer, is all of it; for it is clear that our FATHER wishes peace in the Household of faith ... why then are we content with just the occasional truce?

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."


For Love of Country
Benjamin Franklin Butler (1795-1858)
(U. S. Statesman)
"Not only does the Bible inculcate, with sanctions of the highest import, a system of the purest morality, but in the PERSON and character of our Blessed SAVIOR it exhibits a tangible illustration of that system."

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