Insights by Pastor Austin Edwards:
Have you ever been afraid to tell someone about something that you did? Worried about how they’ll react. Wondering if it’ll ruin your relationship? If you’ve been in that spot, you know it’s easier to just hide. To cover up the truth & act like it didn’t happen, hoping they never find out. But the problem with hiding, is that while they may still love you, it’s got an asterisk on it. In the back of your mind, you’re wondering, if they knew this about me, it’d change their mind. Maybe they wouldn’t love me.
In full transparency, this was a reality for me about 10 years ago. My wife and I were engaged and I hadn’t shared a piece of my past with her yet. I was worried that she’d end the engagement. But I was fed up with trying to enjoy a love that had an asterisk on it. So… I told her. I laid it all out. And to my surprise, she looked at me in a moment of complete vulnerability, fully exposed, and she said, “I love you and I forgive you.” It was one of the most powerful moments of my life. I was fully known and I was fully loved. All my fear was put to rest. She knew my messy past and still chose to love me.
I’ve noticed that we tend to do the same thing with God. We trick ourselves into thinking that He doesn’t have a key to the closet we’ve been hiding our skeletons in. Hebrews 4:13 says “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before His eyes.” I’ve got to break it to you… He sees it all. He knows it all. Every sin. Every thought. It’s all uncovered. Yet, here’s the glorious, scandalous reality of the Gospel. He knows you completely and loves you completely. Jesus kicked down that closet door, grabbed the skeletons you’ve tried to hide and left them in His tomb. He took all that shame and buried it in the ocean of His love. You don’t have to fear or worry or wonder. He knows you, every last bit, and He loves you.
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