I want to take a moment and thank all of you who commented on the post Full Disclosure. Each and every one of your words have touched my heart. I had to stop and thank God. That type of unity in Christ’s love is what causes the devil to tremble in fear.
Words have immense power. Words of criticism lead to insecurity. Whereas words of encouragement reinforce our faith.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)
When I began this spiritual journey, I thought most opposition would come from non-Christians. Atheists, particularly. That’s not the case. The biggest challenges came from Christians with strict doctrine. Those who say “in love” things like:
- You have no business speaking Christ’s name.
- You need to stop doing this and that right now. No wonder you had rough experiences.
Spiritual shaming has led to a generation of Christians who are fearful and ashamed. Afraid to approach God. Afraid to speak their heart. Like meek little mice scurrying to avoid the judgement of their Christian peers.
I really liked the comment from Kevin, “Everytime believers judge, criticize, and attack each other, they are literally crucifying Jesus Christ all over again.”
Christ knew the importance of sympathy and compassion in a world of self-righteousness and criticism. (John 8:7)
Christ absolved us of our sin. There’s no more shame. Anyone who makes you question your worth in Christ is an enemy.
I refuse to be a fearful mouse. I’m a lion in Christ and will roar His name without shame. Cuz God did not give us a spirit of timidity. (2 Timothy 1:7)
And if anyone comes at me with petty criticisms, I will tell them the same thing Jesus said when Peter was focused on the wrong things…
Get behind me, Satan! (Matthew 16:23)
Today I’m going to talk about faith and authenticity. You may have noticed my blog’s tagline: Faithfully Authentic. Two words I’ve based my life on.
The thing is, you can’t really be faithful to Christ and fully authentic to yourself. Just like you can’t be truly faithful without being utterly sincere. They’re concepts that must work together, hand-in-hand.
And the world. It will fight and try to get you to compromise one or the other.