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πŸ‘‘ Living Transparently

Early for a lunch appointment, I was enjoying the quietness of my commute despite the bumper-to-bumper traffic. Suddenly, the ringing of my cell phone broke the silence. I answered it and heard my mother’s voice say, β€œI’ve been waving to you for the past 5 minutes! You must be lost in thought!” β€œWhere are you?” I asked. β€œIn the car in front of you,” was her incredulous response. I hadn’t seen her waving because her rear window is darkly tinted.

As the body of Christ, we are called to live in community with one another. The idea of people watching us or knowing about the sin in our lives can often make us feel uncomfortable. Being known by others and being held accountable is necessary however, not only to meet our basic relationship needs, but also to afford us a measure of safety from the enemy’s devices.

Ananias and Sapphira had a well-known problem. They lied about giving all the proceeds from the sale of their property to the church. Judgment came because they pretended to be something they weren’t. Playing a role to imitate the sincerity of those around them (Acts 4:34-37), they forgot that God knows the true condition of our hearts (Proverbs 24:12).

Believers who take seriously the presence of the Holy Spirit living in them recognize the following:

Transparency means…

  • Pursuing β€œholiness and sincerity in all our dealings” (2 Corinthians 1:12).
  • Being honest with others about where we are spiritually (Ephesians 4:25).
  • A willingness to be admonished by those who love us (Proverbs 27:6).

Tinted windows may keep our cars cooler by allaying the sweltering summer heat, but tinted lives leave us open to the enemy.

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  • Derrick

    I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you for the comments and God Bless!

    Derrick

  • StarryEyes

    Transparency can feel really nervewracking and uncomfortable but I’ve been learning more and more that it needs to be done! Openness can be a beautiful thing πŸ™‚

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And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. — Matthew 2:4-6

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