Surface relationships. Have you ever had one? Are you in one now?
As Christians we sometimes wear masks to appear godly ~ to appear as if we are in control of our own lives.
The trouble with this facade is that people don’t really get to know us and the relationship is dwarfed.
I came across this Scripture in my reading today:
“… because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Paul hits the nail on the head when he embraces a fuller relationship with others.
It’s not enough for us to share the gospel with each other. The real “meat” in a relationship comes when we are able to share our lives with each other thus being able to uplift and encourage and yes, have those belly laughs together.
Weaknesses, strengths, hurts, joys, temptations ~ why do we hide behind facades of joy most of the time?
Our journey on this earth is short. Trust me ~ time truly does appear to fly the older you get.
Don’t be afraid to share who you are.
Just as Jesus accepts us where we are, we too need to accept people where they are and hopefully be accepted in the same way.
Is this risky? Sure ~ you may be hurt if you’re rejected or misunderstood. But what if you’re not?
Food for thought: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Let’s try to love ~ truly love ~ and come out from behind our masks.