A Place To Be Honest

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"Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." John 8:11 (NIV)

Church isn't meant to be about people who mask their brokenness with good acts.

Church isn't meant to be about perfect people but about confessed people.

We should be able to say these things, our secret things, our sins, our mistakes, and receive love and acceptance from Jesus (and church people) when we do.

Think for a moment about Jesus.

About all of the confessions, secrets, mistakes and hopes He must have heard.
Think for a moment of the woman who Jesus met (John 8:2-11) who was about to be stoned for sleeping with a man who was not her husband.

Into the foray came Jesus.

He came to not only save the girl from her sin but to save all the men holding stones from their hypocritical lives.

Jesus came with love, tenderness and tact.

He did not scream and shout–He quieted them with His love—and after He had loved them, He said "Now, go and sin no more."

Love, not judgment, goes before a changed life.

Brokenness, not perfection, goes before a changed life.

Why wouldn't you tell Someone who would love you into wholeness about every secret, mistake and hope you've ever had?

Is their room in your faith and relationships for confession, both for yourself and for others?

This devotional is adapted from an article I wrote that appeared on relevantmagazine.com

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