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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Breaking Free from Secrecy

What does it mean to you that the Lord God knows all your secret thoughts—your faltering, your gloating, your ignorance? (Serendipity Bible, 10th Anniversary Edition, page 918).

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:12-13 NIV).

Several years ago I married Kathy. This was perhaps the most freeing thing I ever did. It is a severely cowing burden to maintain deep dark secrets. Since I am fully confident in Kathy's love, I have been able to unload each and every one of those secrets.

In the presence of an all-knowing God it seems to me that we can have two diametrically opposed reactions. We can, like Adam and Eve, try to hide in guilt and shame. On the other hand, realizing that we are fully known and loved despite our imperfections, we can experience a tremendous liberation of spirit.

It has become almost a truism relating to high profile people, that when they do something they shouldn't their attempt to cover it up is much worse than the thing originally done; for dishonesty is perhaps the most telling and dangerous of all failings. To keep up a dishonest presentation requires constant maintenance and the limitless expenditure of all types of resources and even can engender a type of dark paranoia.

There is no denying it. Who among us does not feel relieved and encouraged when we see someone own up in all honesty to a faux pas? This is because all of us know perfectly well from our own experience the hurtful implications of dishonesty. None of us want to see anyone—especially a leader—more enslaved to deceit than ourselves.

Thus, an omniscient, loving God can be our ticket to health and freedom. We can prayerfully acknowledge lapses confident in knowing that he loves us still. Since our deep dark secrets are already out, we can be encouraged to share them with others—even those not our friends—for in every important respect we have no secrets anyway. It is my firm belief that in doing so we will garner much genuine respect.

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