Get out a piece of paper and write down on it the 10 people you would go the farthest for? I’m doing it too. I don’t know where we’re going with this, we’re on a ride here with the Holy Spirit. Don’t read on until you have 10 and ONLY 10.
Confession, there is a reality TV show that I watch. I consider this a confession because if we’re honest with ourselves, reality TV is nothing more than socially acceptable voyeurism. The show? Hoarders. I am fascinated with the psychology behind it. What is the hole in these peoples lives that make them fill their lives with stuff, and not all of it good stuff?
It’s very easy to dismiss this a mental illness, and yes, it is. But it’s so much more than this, there is always a beginning, a trigger, a fear behind it. These hurting souls have hidden themselves from the world, from their family, and from themselves. Their mind, unbeknownst to them, believes that these walls will keep them safe and keep others from knowing their secrets.
Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24 (ESV)
The show also reminds me to keep my own walls in check. We all have them. Some are low picket fences with gates that just allow us to feel safe in our quaint space while allowing others in and out freely. Others are so high and have no gates.
What kind of walls do you have? Please don’t deny them, they will only get larger and darker.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 (ESV)
Why do you have them? Be honest with yourself. If you did something confess it and let it go. God forgives you. If someone has done something to you, forgive them. Holding on to it does nothing but make the scab on the wound grow and fester, which makes the wall become firmer in its stance. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, it means releasing.
When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him, whether it be a nation or a man?— Job 34:29
We’ve all heard the saying, “love the sinner, hate the sin” (St. Augustine. His Letter 211 (c. 424). But do we get it? Continue reading “Love the Sinner”