Openness to Believers
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective,” [James 5:16, NIV].
It is difficult today to know who and where to make any formal confession.
But I do think part of the intent of this scripture is to encourage believers to be open and honest with each other. Sometimes that is painful but also necessary.
We should also do honesty with a prayerful attitude, not one of condemnation or corrective goals. Leave sin forgiveness in the hands of the Holy Spirit.