Step 5: We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
15 Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve. James 5:15-16
It’s interesting that James connects the idea of confessing sins to physical healing. Jesus did the same thing, for the record.
We don’t think this way in our world. We think physical problems are only physical and spiritual problems are only spiritual and so on and so forth. We’ve lost a sense of the inter-connectedness of all areas of life.
Step 5 is clearly a spiritual action, but if we take James seriously then we realize that it also has the potential to affect us physically. We are often willing to follow a doctor’s advice and take medicine (as prescribed, hopefully!) when we’re sick. We may even change our diets and such to support our physical health. But do we take stock of where we are spiritually as one component of our physical health? Generally not. Would we take step 5 more seriously if we believed that actions like this would impact our physical well-being? Who knows. Perhaps you think I’m talking like a crazy person.
Either way, consider it.