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February 19, 2014

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This post makes another important point not mentioned, and that is when one isn't afraid to have their vulnerabilities exposed, it give others permission to open up also. In the space created by this open and honest living, true encouragement and fellowship in the faith can occur. When someone feels that they have to prove their faith to others by appearing to have it all together with no failures and struggles, it really only sets themselves apart from everyone else and alienates everyone else except those who do the same fake. I'm reminded of Jesus' words:

Luk 12:1"Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."

Luk 12:2 “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known."

Luk 12:3 “Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops."

It is nothing short of "pharisee-esque" hypocrisy to present a false front righteousness, an in the end, all will see; even as God sees now!

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