Transparency

God showed me very early on when I was struggling with sexual things that the best way to deal with them was to bring it all to the light.  I sat down with my youth pastor at the time after being heavily prompted by the Holy Spirit and bared all to him about how I was struggling as a teenager with these things.  I didn't want to be struggling and had so much shame attached to it. I fought God at first, but once I gave in, there was such a weight lifted from me.  I had a sense of freedom for the first time after struggling with this.

After trying to understand why I was feeling freedom, God started speaking to me about bringing things into the light.

"I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness." John 12:46

"But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light." Ephesians 5:13

This understanding of being in the light and letting all things remain bare has become a cornerstone of my life.  Everything that remains hidden becomes a place where the enemy can gain a foothold and where I develop walls within my heart toward God, myself, and my friends.  Through my vulnerability, God brought me more freedom than I could even know, and I continue to know.

Vulnerability brings intimacy.  It calls to each other that we can be broken and be loved.  We are all broken.  We have all sinned.  And when we humble ourself, others can see our weakness, identify with us, and come alongside in friendship.  

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