Bikini’s, tight shirts, and tight pants. Sweatpants, baggy shirts, and sweatpants. When you look at these two groups of clothing, the first thing you compare is yourself and what you wear.
Today I was cleaning out the many boxes sitting in my basement which have grown smellier by the years and I realized something.
Amongst the boxes of random dishes and mismatched sheets, there were boxes and boxes of papers.
However, these papers were not old bank statements, or chemistry notes, or even love letters.
In fact, sheet after sheet was pain– More…
I’m always amazed when people share their testimony. You’d think it’s because of what God has done in their life, and that is amazing, but usually I’m amazed that they’re sharing at all. I have a friend who is so openly honestly about the past sins in his life that whenever I talk to him I want to just stand and stare. How is it that he can be so confident? I dislike telling my testimony. I don’t like letting people know I have problems. I don’t want them to know I struggle with sin, even though they have to know I do, because I’m human.
But then I started to realize that not telling people I sin is actually just my pride. I don’t want people to know that I struggle with this, that, or the other because somehow that makes me less of a person.
Then I realized how warped of a worldview that is. Being a sinner doesn’t make me less of a person. In an odd way, it makes me more of a person, because all people sin. And if people think I’m less of a person, then their worldview is warped too, because guess what? They’ve sinned at some point in their life, too.
I think what I’m trying to say is that whilst you don’t need to make your next Facebook status your biggest sin, it does mean that you can’t hide it. James 5:16 says to confess our sins to each other, and pray for each other, so that we can be healed. When we confess our sins, it’s like a weight is lifted, and we can breathe again. Or at least, that’s how it’s been for me. Once I’ve confessed my sin, the hold it has on me loosens considerably.
Don’t allow your pride or any other sin to trap you. Confess, and you’ll be forgiven.
Do you ever see your friends doing things that are wrong?
Do you ever want to tell them that they are wrong?
Do you ever say “my friend is a sinner.”
Isn’t it just like us as humans to point out the flaws of others? We love to jump to conclusions and think we have a full understanding of someone else’s situation.