First I wanted to give you a smile, a big smile, because in every circumstance my God is good. Last week, I was listening to the song, ‘Even If’ by Mercy Me on repeat, and it made me think about how in every situation God has brought into my path, there is always a way to praise. There is always a way to shine light on the darkness, to see how God’s goodness can bring hearts to repentance, how God’s goodness can transform hearts. This past week has been a huge lesson to me in why sharing even my struggles have reminded me of God’s goodness. This week I’ve learned that when you share your heartaches with others, you’ll be amazed at how God uses the perspectives and wisdom of others to truly uplift and encourage your heart to look to Jesus.
Sharing your struggles is HARD. It’s like peeling back layers and layers and revealing the underbelly of what you’re really struggling with, the thing that wants to hide in the darkness. Yet my Lord Jesus Christ declares in John 8:12, ‘Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’ Jesus likes to bring darkness to the light. He convicted people of sin, and He cleansed them of their sin. He forgave them, because Jesus came to set us free of those struggles, those sins that bind us, that want to chain us down to hell and death.
When I’m not sharing my struggles it’s is a way of thinking that Jesus isn’t powerful enough to forgive, to cleanse even the darkest, hardest, most vile parts of me. It’s a way of saying, ‘Has Jesus set me free?’ The truth is 1000% YES. Jesus Christ has set me free from that law of sin and death, and that’s why I need to share that He has set me free and I am never going back to that bondage.