wrestling“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5: 16 KJV) Every other version I could find translates and uses the word for sins where the King James version uses the word that is translated faults.

The word, faults means to fall beside or near something. Like Maxwell Smart we “missed it by that much.” It’s not a willful thing. It’s more of a default setting we haven’t learned to break through, yet. It’s more a sign of weakness or immaturity like a toddler taking our first steps.  We know we can guide ourselves better if we crawl but we’ll give walking a try. Faults are some part of us that still has a tendency to lapse or  deviate from the truth of what God is making us to be.

We’re happy to repent and turn around and own up to our plight. We acknowledge we are a work in progress. This is not an excuse to sin. It’s a confession of reality. We’re happy to confess our faults and appreciate and covet the bolstering power of faithful prayers. We admit healing is forthcoming.  We’re like someone with the hiccups who needs to hold our breath and swallow a few more times. We’re waiting for that surprising work of grace that brings our faults to an abrupt and unexpected end. But, mostly it seems we’re defaulting to our faults. Have patience with us and add your prayers to mine and others.

Wrestling with our faults means we approach them with humility, yet with a sense of humor that carries us forward. Apply the medicine of laughter. Our case is not hopeless. We fully believe God will completely and wholly transform us. We teeter and sway sometimes even when we are in His grasp. It’s not God’s fault that we still wrestle with our faults.

Wrestling with our faults means we are constantly asking God to redirect our steps and fine tune our attitude. We’re asking God to turn us from being a hindrance to another person’s conversion and success and more of a help. You are looking at an unfinished work. wrestling-marcusaurelius

So, wrestle with your faults. Put your words together and let the inward fault lines be spoken aloud. Identify them as best you can. Laughat the futility of your faults keeping you from being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ. Freely ask for prayers and be free and faith-filled in praying for others. By grace through faith, we are and will be saved and we are and will be healed from all our faults.