According to a 2013 Survey, lawyers are the most hated profession in the United States. Cable and Television networks have embraced lawyers, filling prime time slots with court room dramas for the past quarter century. The most prominent lawyers have become experts in covering their tracks. This idiom refers to individuals who destroy, hide or suppress damaging evidence about their client or clients from being revealed. However, when lies are used to cover your tracks, it’s better to tell the truth rather than live in fear of being exposed as a liar.
But this I confess to you, however, that in accordance with the Way [of the Lord], which they call a [heretical, division-producing] sect, I worship (serve) the God of our fathers, still persuaded of the truth of and believing in and placing full confidence in everything laid down in the Law [of Moses] or written in the prophets; Acts 24:14.
In his opening remarks to Governor Felix, accused by Jewish leaders of being an agitator, pest and heretic, the apostle Paul is honest about his faith. Instead of hiding this information, Paul confesses his devotion to the Way, modern day Christianity. Paul’s defense states that his service for God is being confused with a divisive sect. Moreover, when the truth comes out, Paul is confident that his actions will be in line with the law of Moses.
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working], James 5:16.
While writing a letter to first century believers in the Way of Christ, the earthly brother of Jesus compares confession with healing. The first step toward healing is publicly confessing your sins. James suggests that confession is a heart felt act. This acknowledgement helps restore a spiritual tone of mind, awakened and snapped out of spiritual slumbers induced by the sinful nature. When earnest prayers are added to a contrite heart, a tremendous power is unleashed via the Holy Spirit. If you are tired from trying to cover your tracks, make telling the truth the best option.
by Jay Mankus