I’ve been trying to avoid this. It’s not a fun topic…but I write because I’ve tasted and seen that God is good and has freedom for anyone who wants it.
I’ve spent most of my day cleaning our retreat home, trying to mind my own business.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalms 20:7
Our Pastor read Luke 8:17 on Sunday in his message:
“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”
Sometimes this verse can be thrown around, hoping to strike fear in the heart of a “secret sinner” so they give a pseudo confession, lacking true repentance. That’s not the way our Pastor shared it on Sunday.
This verse isn’t a threat, it’s a promise. And it can be good news, depending on the way we respond or the way we view “hidden things.”
We are currently witnessing hidden things being made known public for many individuals who have proclaimed one thing while doing another.
Individuals who thought their secrets would go with them to the grave…maybe because they threw up a quick prayer saying, “I’m sorry” but gave no thought to who’s been hurt from their actions. At least not enough thought to seek forgiveness.
God doesn’t operate this way. Not even close.
His patience hasn’t been approval or ignoral.
God doesn’t take pleasure in exposing people in their shame but instead gives warnings, desiring people repent.
When those who call themselves one of His continues down a path of hidden sin, exposure is good…for everyone.
It’s also good for people who call themselves followers of Jesus to know what to do after exposure.
From one who was exposed because I ignored merciful warnings, I experienced a mixture of responses. I don’t cast blame or accuse anyone for the unhelpful ones, but I’ve been praying for more conversations to happen. And they’re definitely happening…in the media.
With more light coming and more exposures happening, there are those who are feeling anxiety as they review the mental checklist of things done in secret that were never made right. Things they’ve confessed to God, but that confession alone hasn’t relieved the guilt of their sin… nor have they sought to make things right.
If I could, with the tenderness of Jesus, look into the eyes of those with unconfessed, secret sin, I would tell you, confess your sin to someone who can help you.
There is a reason we are told,,. “Confess your sins to one another, pray for each other so that you may be healed…” If everyone took this counsel, we’d have a crises on our hands of needing people who are equipped to navigate the ugly that would come out…but we need to be equipped, today.
For the love of God and for the love of those who live in secret sin and shame, we’ve got to invite people to the hope of confession, repentance and healing.
Rest assured, there will be no one in heaven who despised the pain of exposure and consequences when it saved their soul and cleaned their conscience.
My heart feels grief every time I hear of another exposure.
Grief for the victims and for those who have selfishly and sometimes maliciously hurt others.
My perspective comes from experiencing the need to be covered and healed from those who’ve hurt me… and the need to be exposed and healed when I’ve hurt others.
As we consider what it looks like to confess our sin, I pray we don’t limit it to the “big ones.” The ones that if were brought into the light would send us cowering in shame and for some, even to prison.
I am fearfully certain, God is not just going after the “big ones” in His church.
He’s going after our undivided attention to what’s in the depths of our heart, not just our memories.
We might not think things like pride, gossip, manipulating people, judging with wrong motives, secret disdain and jealousy are that big of a deal but those things have no place in us if we say we love God and others. If we don’t repent, even of these seemingly harmless sins, they will also be exposed…for our good.
I’ve been turned inside out friends and more than my affair being exposed, were the idols of my heart. It was not fun but today, I am grateful and free.
Living an inside out life is how we were meant to live. It’s how Jesus lived.
Though not everyone trusted Him, He was 100 percent trustworthy. He had no need to hide anything…He lived with pure motives and pure behavior 100 percent of the time. Of course, we won’t measure up, but we can confess up.
When we do sin, we can confess and be healed and keep our freedom. We don’t have to keep going down the same weary path of never being satisfied and always fearing that people would see the real us.
I’m going back over to clean now. I’m going to keep listening and I’m going to put my own heart before the Lord.
He’s so good and merciful.
When we respond to Holy Spirit’s nudges of conviction, we avoid the crash. I confessed a sin to my husband a few days ago. It was one of those “little” sins that was embarrassing to confess. I cried and felt the agony of not trusting God in a situation. Nathan was able to help me identify the fear behind my behavior. He then reminded me of God’s love and mercy and how having a tender conscious is a beautiful thing.