“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalms 139:14
True intimacy begins with transparency. Until we can learn to open up and be our true selves, our relationships will only go so far. They will remain shallow and on the surface. But we have to be real with ourselves in order to be real with others. And anyone who genuinely loves us will allow us that freedom. But have you ever thought, “I know God loves me unconditionally, but not people.” Well if you being yourself causes your list of friends to go down to one, then so be it. But here is where the enemy deceives many. The devil enjoys making us believe that people will run from us when they see the real you. But actually, most often, the opposite happens. People will usually love you because they see all of you. Fear assumes, but faith believes.
Maybe you have been pretending for so long, that you’ve begun to believe your own lie. Maybe you’ve been hurt so much you have built steel walls around your heart. Maybe you just don’t care to open up because you don’t see the benefit. Or maybe you are so bent on servitude that you easily give love, but don’t receive love. You allow others the freedom to be themselves, but you hold back who you are. You deserve to be heard. You deserve love. You deserve the same freedom you give others. We must let God show us who we are so we can begin to be our true selves and build closer relationships.
Prayer: Father, thank You for helping me be myself in You. You created me with a uniqueness. Help me learn to let people in that You have placed in my life. You took Your time to make me and fashion me, now let me learn to present all of what you made. And when it comes to my flaws, help me remember to not hold back those weak areas. Because you are at work in me and others. Be glorified in me God. In Jesus name, Amen.