I have been going through a study on Proverbs 31 and have also been a part of a mentoring program for women. One running theme that I have been reflecting on is how our lives and walks with God should be transparent and non-Christians should see no hypocrisy in our lives.
While we are certainly still sinners on this side of heaven, how we handle that sin speaks volumes to those who don’t believe.” – Me
Recently, I was hanging out with a non-Christian friend of mine for a play date. As we were talking, I realized that I was in a particularly bad mood that day and didn’t have much good to say. In fact, I was complaining about a lot of things. Upon this realization, I stepped up and apologized to my friend. I confessed that I had a cynical attitude in those moments and told her that it wasn’t right for me to complain. She responded saying she was taken aback because she didn’t think there was anything wrong with complaining about life sometimes and was curious as to why I would apologize for it. I told her that I was blessed with so many things for which I was not giving praise & thanks to God about, but that I’m grateful for His Spirit convicting me about it so I could correct my behavior. I was then given an opportunity to explain to her the gift of God through Jesus because I am a sinner and in constant need of His grace and transformation in me (this is also the reason why I confess my sin to my kids & approach them for forgiveness as well). It turned into a wonderful conversation which really turned my heart around and I was praising God the rest of the day.
In order to represent our faith accurately, we must first know the gospel and also be transparent so others may see that our lives line up with what we believe. We need to pray for God to give us wisdom & for teachable hearts, then get in the word and study. Don’t just read it, but study it thoroughly (cross-reference, commentaries, etc will help develop a deeper understanding of how ALL Scripture ties together). Pray for the Spirit to work through us as we live out what He is teaching us, share struggles and victories with others so they get an accurate picture of a faith-filled life – that’s it’s not all rainbows and unicorns but that God grows us when seek Him.
Please read Ephesians 5:1-21 in conjunction with this post.