Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them…(Eph 5:11).
Exposure is scary, isn’t it? Opening up about our struggles and our pain is never easy, but when do step out in courage to share a part of our story that is less than desirable, we begin to find healing for our souls. Yes, this is when our lives collide with God’s grace so that His life starts to become formed in us with ever increasing glory.
We cannot shine very brightly for God if we are unwilling to bring the darkness we wrestle with out into the light. Yet, if we are willing to do so, we find that the darkness within us becomes disarmed as we surrender to the light.
I know this to be true, because, in dealing with my husband I feel closest to him when he is shares something vulnerable with me. I feel like he trusts me and knows that I will receive him with love and so when he shares it makes our relationship grow. But, every time he closes himself off and doesn’t let me in I never sense that we are moving closer towards one another. I always sense a disconnection.
The same goes in our walks with God as we journey together with other believers in the body of Christ. Until we are willing to open up about ourselves, our struggles and our mistakes, we will stall our growth in Christ and our victory over the lies of the enemy.
The enemy knows how to deal with us, keeping us from bringing things into the light. He’ll convince us that we should be ashamed of ourselves, it’s not safe to share this with anyone and if others found out they would completely reject us. These are lies. There are those within the body of Christ who understand their own need for grace and they too will receive you with it, if you would be so bold to share.
Lord, help me to live fully transparent before others, because I want to grow. I want the lies of the enemy to be disarmed in my life so they don’t hold power over me anymore, in Jesus name, Amen.