Nathaniel Hawthorne said, 'No man, for any period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.' We like to wear masks in public, yet, only as we open up to one another can we truly change and grow. '...If we live in the light...we can share fellowship with each other...' (1 John 1:7 NCV).
The world promotes the idea darkness is needed for intimacy, but the Word tells us the opposite: it occurs when we live in the light. We can keep hidden sin a secret in the dark but in the light it can be exposed to healing truth. We're afraid of transparency, yet it's the only way to become spiritually and emotionally whole. None of us is as strong individually as all of us are collectively. We're more consistent in our faith when others walk with us and encourage us.
Over and over in the New Testament we're told to be devoted to one another, submit to one another, forgive one another, bear one another's burdens, honour one another, accept one another, teach one another, serve one another, encourage one another, pray for one another and love one another. You're not responsible for everyone in your church, but you are responsible to them. God expects you to do whatever you can to serve them. Paul challenged the believers in Rome, saying, '...I want us to help each other...Your faith will help me and my faith will help you' (Romans 1:12 NCV). That's what it's all about!
Soulfood : Eph 1:1-4:16, Lk 5:1-11, Ps 137, Prov 17:22-23