With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the gangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside let freedom ring!
--Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his I Have a Dream speech, August 28, 1963
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. NIV
The power of a James 5:16 relationship
All of us need accountability and help in our relationships. The James 5:16 relationship helps us as we continue our journey to wholeness. There usually aren't any quick fixes, magic formulas or instant healing when we are dealing with these areas. We have to walk it out, stay in the process and allow God to use others to bring healing to us. Jesus, after his resurrection revealed in his dealing with Peter, a powerful principle of accountability and confession. Peter had denied Jesus three times before a coal fire. Now here was Jesus the one he had denied before a coal fire. By the time Jesus had finished his questions, Peter was healed and restored. With a simple "Peter do you love me" the pain of that night of betrayal was brought before Peter. By the last question "Peter do you love me" Peter broke and the pain of that night was released. I have heard this preached from the point of the two Greek works for love, but what about the fact that Peter had denied Jesus 3 times, now before Jesus he has the opportunity to confess Him 3 times. Powerful healing for the pain Peter carried since that night.
Suggestions for a proper James 5:16 relationship
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