“Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him. If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions. But if we live in the light — just as he is in the light — then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us. But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. If we say that we have not sinned, we make a liar out of God, and his word is not in us.”
— 1 John 1:5-10
It’s all about appearances right? Does it matter who we really are? Can I afford to allow myself to be vulnerable to my friends and family?
What will they think if they know my struggles? Will I have their support, their love, their respect?
Many people are living a lie, afraid to be real; afraid to be honest about who they are due to consequences caused by judgments or opinions of others. Imprisoned to a life filled with creating perceptions to keep their reality hidden, driven by the desire to be accepted, respected and loved.
Unfortunately this behavior moves beyond people and even affects our relationship with God. We somehow believe we can say all the right things and bring the fake me before God and fool ourselves into thinking that he’s buying the actor in me.
Remember, he knit you together in your mother’s womb, knew you before you were ever born. He knew you then and he knows you now.
God desires an authentic no holds barred relationship with you! He loves the you he created and needs honesty to complete His good work. God wants us to have that similar relationship with one another. Accepting each other right where we’re at. Loving each other past our brokenness and striving toward restoration together.
Life is better together but its best when the together is authentic!
Darsey is the pastor of Restoration Church and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.