Honoring God with Transparency
There was recently a trend on twitter called #ChristianHipocrite. My first response was to assume it was a non-Christian group saying hurtful things. But then as I looked at each tweet, I realized they were coming from Christians who were honoring God with their transparency. Here are a few of my favorites:
I am a Christian and have trouble believing that God has a plan, creating anxiety and a need for control. I am a #christianhypocrite
I am a Christian and I tell others how much God loves them but I struggle believing it about myself. #christianhypocrite
My heart swelled as I read each one, and I thought what a beautiful tribute to our Perfect God to admit we fall short.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says “My grace is sufficient for you. For power is perfected in weakness.”
Part of that weakness comes with today, but there is also a great amount that comes with our yesterdays.
We’re trapped by the ugly word that follows us wherever we go…Mistakes.
If you’re like me, you understand the struggle I’ve had in letting go of the past and forgiving myself for the missteps I’ve taken. I’ve found that Satan uses those things regularly to wage a precisely, pinpointed attack on my self-esteem.
But God has been showing me through his Word and through others that He has overcome our failures. He has shown me clearly that though my past may shape me, it does not have to define me.
I think that’s why I felt so inspired when I wrote my newest series, Set Apart. I wanted to show characters who were struggling with forgiving themselves for their failures.
Mercy’s Fight is Book 1 in the series and is my favorite book I’ve written to date. I think it’s because of the raw nature of my hero, Matt Holloway.
He comes from an abusive home, got in trouble as a teen and spent two years in juvie. Yet, he turned his life around and is devoted to helping others heal. His only fear is love. He is terrified his past will destroy anyone who dares to love him.
This story has resonated with so many because most people have been victimized in some way or another. For some, it’s horrific and life altering. For others, it may be self-induced pain.
Either way, I want my readers to know that they can live victoriously, despite being a victim. That God is in control and he can and will use our past to do amazing things with our future.
We are all Christian Hypocrites. We all fall short on a daily bases. But how much more remarkable is it that God died for us anyway. That He loves our scars and flaws just as much as He loves our victories.
I pray you are finding victory in Him every day.
Thank you so much for your wonderful blog post T.L.! I am so happy that you stopped by! Readers, T.L. is graciously giving away an e-book copy of her book Mercy’s Fight (which I loved by the way) to one lucky person. I hope you take the time to check out her fantastic book.
You can pick up a copy HERE.
T.L. Gray serves as a pastor’s wife in Ennis, Texas. It was her desire to see young girls know and experience Christ’s unconditional love that led her to write her debut novel, Shattered Rose. She loves writing stories that offer hope to the broken. T.L. Gray is currently working on Parker’s novella, a companion book to Shattered Rose. She is also starting a new spinoff series, Set Apart.
Her books are about redemption and real characters who struggle in this world. Her intent is to take the readers on a journey where they both cheer for and want to shake the hero/heroin. Her books offer a culturally relevant setting, while presenting an inspirational message that will stay with readers long after the book is closed.
Knowing that God has given her this call, she gives Him all the glory for her success. She has been #6 in Bestselling authors for Amazon in the Religion and Spirituality category.
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