A Moment of Transparency

Social media, the internet, and casual personal acquaintance can paint a picture of someone that is not the full reality. We all put our best foot forward. As an artist and writer, this is especially true with a "public persona" (for whatever that is worth in the first place). While that person is certainly genuine, it can paint a one dimensional image.

In my past I had grave, willful sins and great weaknesses. There is no responsibility for these but my own. To dwell on them would do no good here, suffice it to say they were wrong and not on a small scale. It was a long period with nothing but regret as the fruit of it. In addition, today I am certainly not perfect. Just ask my wife, she lives with me everyday. You can not hide who you are in a viscerally close relationship like marriage.

These things, including a downward spiral with mental and emotional problems, paint a more realistic picture of who a man is. In my life now I can look behind at many things. Yet, this too can be deceiving. Whatever I may be that is positive is solely because of the transforming grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is no hyperbole. My own ways hurt myself and others. It is only by God's mercy that He has enabled me to have an attitude of repentance. That submission is not even my own, it is His work within me.

There is a reason God hates sin, a reason why He calls us to repent. Sin hurts ourselves and others. Our wrongs grieve God. He has guidelines for our lives for our own good and the good of others. If we think our behavior hurts no one but ourselves, this is by no means true. No man or woman lives on a island. Yet, if it were true, God loves us too much to allow hurting ourselves. In our natural state we do not display the original intent of His creatures to reflect His holy nature, for we are fallen. Even as His children, at times we can wander in our sinful hearts.

Praise God for His unearned, freely given grace in the finished work of Jesus Christ. He alone is our joy and hope. Praise Him for second chances as we stumble, indeed the many chances. Without God's lovingkindness and grace in Christ we are all continual prodigals. There is no good but God, to Him we look to free us.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing". John 15:5.

Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. Romans 6:21.

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