Fully Known and Fully Loved
“Image is everything”, some believe, or at least act like they do. How much time and energy do we spend managing our image – what others think of us? It seems that today the answer to this question is that an immense amount of time, energy, and money are spent to manage our image. And this is not just for the worldly, but can also be said of believers, who want others to think of them a certain way.
When Jesus encounters the woman at the well, His concluding comment to her is “God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
God calls us to come to Him with full transparency – to be fully known – and to trust that He will still fully love and accept us. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9-10) If we honestly confess our sins before God, He is ready, willing, and able not only to forgive our sins but also to purify us from all unrighteousness.
But many – dare I say most, if not all – at times try to hide their sin before God and put on an image before others. When we try to hide our sin, we demonstrate a lack of faith in God’s unwavering love for us. We know that God already knows our sin. But He wants and commands us to confess our sins before Him … for our own good. Honestly confess your sins to God and trust Him to deliver on His promise to forgive you and to always love you.
This is the amazing grace and love of our God and Savior! Chris Tomlin puts it beautifully in his song Indescribable. Listen all the way to the end for the verse, “You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same!”