Friday, April 16, 2010

Transparent Relationships

Transparent - easy to see through, understand, or recognize; without concealment; open; frank; candid

Would you say that you have transparent relationships?

Transparency is letting your guard completely down, humbling yourself and getting honest with others, yourself and most importantly, God.

Living in a world full of pride, we like to point out others sins, short-comings, habits and quirks but when it comes to our own, we hide in our closets from those that we fear may condemn, judge or reject us for own. Judgment and pride are such nasty sins to have and when they work together they are even nastier. You may judge others but justify your own behavior or maybe you justify others behavior but judge yourself harshly. This can block you from having an authentic and healthy relationship.

Transparent relationships are the deepest and most gratifying relationships to have. It’s when you confess and admit your short-comings and ask for forgiveness, support and accountability. They are real and establish a foundation of humility, hope and trust. You admit you fall short to everyone’s expectations and quite often your own. We can be own worse critics, can’t we?

When committing your life to Christ and walking that path with Him with each passing day as you draw closer to your purpose, your pride will drift away. In walking that long journey, your vulnerabilities, weaknesses and fears will be revealed and you will be tested on your level of faith.

So what do you have to lose in revealing all of your flaws to those you love? Your false, surface-level relationships. They will crack under pressure, hide from the truth and wither away.

In losing the false relationships, you gain much more. Your authentic and transparent relationships will come to the forefront and will strengthen during hardships, hold tight to faith and rejoice in truth.

No matter how much you try, we all sin and fall short in the eyes of God. We are all tempted to do wrong because it is in our nature to sin. When you deny the cross; hide from truth and authenticity, you are simply wearing a cloak of a false witness.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

“For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:23-25

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Katrina Green
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