Living a Transparent Life
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Would you openly share with others, the struggles you have faced in your life?
You’re probably thinking, ARE YOU CRAZY!
Why would I want to do that!
Trust me, I know admitting your failures isn’t easy, but would you be open with them, so that it can help someone in theirs?
You have NO IDEA, what kind of impact, you can have on someone else’s life, but doing that very thing beloved.
Opening ourselves by living a transparent life up puts us in a vulnerable position.
We want people to see, what we allow them to see on the outside, not what we may have hidden, deep down in our souls.
I’m certain you have some stories, that you’d just assume stayed private right?
We have ALL fought battles, that we don’t want others to know about.
Some of our stories may be too painful or shameful to share, and we may feel as if we’d let people down.
But living a transparent life with others is allowing our TRUE SELVES to be seen.
It lets others see the REAL YOU!
It takes courage to share, where we fall short, and struggle with.
We don’t like to open ourselves up, due to fear and ridicule, that may come from doing so.
As born-again followers of Christ, we MUST be willing, to show others, that we don’t live perfect lives.
We do NOT, have all the answers.
We do NOT have our lives altogether, like many believe.
Christians face the same temptations, as those who are Non-Believers.
Being a Christian in today’s world isn’t easy! Living a transparent life as a Christian is even harder!
It’s an ongoing messy process, of learning to become more like Christ.
We shouldn’t fear rejection, because we know who we are in Christ, and our identity is found in Christ alone.
We should be speaking the truth, to this hurting world.
Fruitfulness comes from showing vulnerability, and the admission of our own weaknesses.
I don’t know about you, but I make mistakes on a daily basis.
I feel like I let God down miserably!
But I know without a doubt, that I want to honor God, and show others the Love and acceptance, that ONLY Jesus can provide.
I attend Harvest Bible Chapel, and my Church is BIG on Lifegroups.
God wants every follower of Jesus, to be continually growing as we worship Christ, walk with Christ, work for Christ, and witness for Christ.
During a Lifegroup meeting, we have Mutual Ministry time.
Mutual Ministry is looking for ways to minister, to the other members of the group.
I am NOT gonna sugarcoat it
When Mike and I first attended one of these sessions, I was scared out of my mind.
I wanted to run the other way, FAST!
But once my husband and I started attending Lifegroups regularly, it didn’t seem so scary.
It seemed to be a safe place, to share with other believers, what you’re struggling in.
Christians are called to be involved, in one another’s lives!
Our Lifegroup exercise’s care and watchfulness, over each attendee.
We’ll hold one another accountable in Love, and by the word of God, to the struggles they share among the group.
When we assemble together, we’ll pray for each another, bear one another burdens, and pray for God’s help in all things.
I can say this with ALL honesty, that when I opened up about my struggles, at first I thought I my heart was gonna come out of my chest.
Beloved, when you get down to the nitty-gritty, ugly truth of your Sin, it isn’t pretty.
At first, when I shared my story, I thought I was gonna get fingers pointed at me, and words about how I have done this wrong and that wrong. I should have done this, or I should have done that. All I received was Love.
There was NO Condemnation. There were many tears, on more than one occasion.
It was so Freeing!
Can you sense the power in that, friends?
God wants to turn ALL your hurt into healing.
Then he wants to use YOU, in the lives of other people.
He’s just waiting for YOU to be obedient, and say “Lord, here I am, faults and all, USE ME!”
We have this misconception, that if we’re transparent, about our imperfections and faults, people are going to think less of us.
Friends, speaking from experience, it’s the opposite!
The more honest you are, the more people will want to hear, and lives will be changed.
You will be so glad you opened up, and will literally feel, the chains of bondage loosen.
Scriptures of Truth for Living a Transparent Life
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
I want to leave you with one final thought on Living a Transparent Life.
Let people see the “REAL YOU.”
I found it extremely hard to be Transparent when sharing my story on Abuse This Isn’t Love.
However, in sharing our weaknesses we have no idea who we may be inspiring to do the same and it could possibly lead to another soul being saved.
I had another revelation of this when I wrote Come To The Table to Avoid the Lies of Satan.
Sweet Friend, the thing is God Knows Our Hearts- Yet Still Loves Us!
Above all else make sure you are living a transparent life to PLEASE THE LORD!