Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not practice deceit, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by open proclamation of the truth, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:2
Don’t let your life, the things you have done, hinder the love and message of God.
We all just need to be open with one another. About our wrongs, about our doubts, about our deceptions, about our secrets. God is not waiting for us to mess up. He is not looking for an “aha” moment or trying to trick us. He just wants us to come to Him humbly, and part of humility is being honest about ourselves.
God knows we are sinners. God knows everything about us. But He loves us and wants to be with us. He sent His son Jesus to die for us because He knows we cannot be perfect. We need to be forgiven and changed, and that is what He offers us. He wants us to be who He made us to be, to be who we are and to come to Him that way. No secrets. No deception. No trying to hide.
When we do this, even if we are open about our failings, it testifies to God’s truth. It declares His love for us, and it demonstrates His grace. Being honest also allows us to cast off the sins that may still creep into our hearts, and overcome them. If we are truly honest, we admit that our failings are rooted in our own selfishness and pride. That is why we keep things hidden. But there is no reason to, God loves and forgives. And that is the very truth that we proclaim!
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