Confession is good for the soul. Even in community.
I got together with a really good friend earlier today and we were chatting about life. He decided to drill down on some issues I was facing and got to the heart of some of my issues with unbelievable speed and care. He made me think about things I honestly hadn’t thought about, and by the time we wrapped up our time together, I had a whole new insight into what I needed to do to make two situations better. Both of them dealt with attitudes I needed to change — even confess. I’m not sure I ever would have gotten their on my own. Thank God for true friends.
The scripture encourages us to talk about our sins and shortcomings when we come together. I’m so grateful for this good friend. I’m so grateful for people who love me enough to make me feel I can be honest about where I’m at.
The sad part is that for many of us, community is broken enough that there isn’t always someone we can confide in. Like many of you, I’ve had several people over the years I’ve confided in only to have that relationship somehow get damaged badly. That stings…and it’s tempting to just stop trusting people. Period.
Today, I just left grateful that there are people in my life today with whom I track deeply enough with to talk about anything and everything, and to even to talk about my sin with. Who love me enough to care about that stuff and still care about me — junk and all. I left thankful that I haven’t stopped trusting, despite past hurt. I’m thankful that the counsel of the Bible isn’t just true — it’s actually helpful.
Who are you running with? Can you still trust people deeply enough to talk to someone about real stuff? What bugs you about community, and what potential do you see in letting other people help you on your journey?