If we’re not honest with ourselves then, how can we be honest with others? Aren’t we called to love others as ourselves? So then, do we really love ourselves if we put on masks to hide our true feelings?
Honesty is an issue of the heart. God knows our heart, our desires, our anxieties, our inner most secrets, and what makes us happy. He knows us better than we know ourselves. But you know what? Even though He knows more about us than we know about ourselves, He still wants us to openly share with Him what and how we feel. He calls us to confess and cry out to Him what concerns us. He teaches us to do this right in the beginning after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden as He asks them, “where are you?” meaning, “where’s your heart.” Confessing to Him how we really feel deep inside isn’t a form of weakness like most would think. Confessing with our mouths is a form of humility and allowing God to take control over our situations. This is also a way of showing that we trust in God and that we need Him.
Having a community of believers has been a huge blessing for me in my life. Walking along side with many Christian friends has helped me grow spiritually in many ways. Openly sharing with them has not only helped me love the person whom God created me to be, but it’s also helped me see who God is through them. God is love, and we see His love through people He places in our lives that walk along side with us through this journey.
“By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” ~1 John 3:16
But what happens when we aren’t honest with ourselves? We don’t allow ourselves to be real and to be the people God intended us to be. We walk around life wearing various masks hiding our true identity. That’s not only uncomfortable, it hinders our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with God. We don’t allow God to fully use us for His purpose and it even delays our blessings because of our pride and sinful nature.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” ~1 John 3:17-18
Being honest with ourselves and others isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. It helps us grow in our relationship with God and with others. His glory transforms us and if we love is because God loved us first and He is love…
A prayer I like to say when i’m feeling down or confused about life goes something like this,
Lord, I thank you for all that you have done in my life and for helping me become the woman You made me to be. Father, forgive me for all the times that I have failed You. I pray Lord that You search my heart and help me see what I cannot see clear. Help me do what is right for Your kingdom as you shine your light through me wherever You guide me and with whom ever I encounter each day. Help me do what is right. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Trust God, and Do Good 🙂