I’ve been thinking about something today, and I just want to write something real quick.
I like writing articles about things I have struggled with in life as a Christian, and I also like writing about current struggles. However, I could not have always done this, so I don’t advise it in all cases.
I encourage everyone to be honest about their sins. Mostly, be honest with yourself and with the Lord. If you are, then you will be more compassionate with people who struggle, and you naturally will steer away from being self-righteous or putting on a show of righteousness pretentiously.
That does not mean you have to shout your sins and struggles from the rooftops.
There is benefit to confession, for sure. Sometimes we need to confess to others, especially if we have hurt someone. Seek the Lord in this. There is a time and place for everything.
This is something the Lord has given me to do. Making things I struggle with public in order to combat pretentious righteousness and encourage honesty. To encourage us to seek Jesus for healing. I have to, but as I mentioned, this is something I couldn’t have done not too long ago. Why not, and why do I advise using caution in doing this yourself? It is because people will pray upon your weaknesses and insecurities.
If we are new to the faith or if we are at a point where we have been in the faith for a long time, but we are going through a lot of changes and re-directing our life towards Christ, then we might not have the confidence to make our weaknesses known. It can be unwise too. It can create opportunity for people to hurt us, and if we do not have the right mindset and confidence in Christ, this can be very bad for us and others too.
I’ve been having a conversation with a loved on in Christ in which I made myself super vulnerable. My reason was honorable and I hope it was for the good of us both. However, this led me to consider something about how our insecurities can backfire if we willingly put them on display.
Hopefully we will all get to a place in our Christian walk where we have enough confidence in our salvation, but most importantly, confidence in the Lord that we let go of all insecurities so that people do not have weapons to use against us. Our faith will “quench the fiery darts of the wicked” as mentioned in Ephesians 6.
I’m not completely free from insecurities. There are things that were recently brought to light, but I’m glad because that means the Lord is working on it!
In any case, I don’t want to encourage people to put themselves in harms way. Daniel didn’t just jump off into the lions den. He was put there, and the Lord kept him. I hope this makes sense. If not, email or comment below. I hope you all have a great day!