Today's post was inspired by two of "my girls" who are on staff with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. This past month they had an outreach on San Diego's college campuses called "No Secrets." The Intervarsity staff and student volunteers invited the students on their campus to share their secrets anonymously, writing them on Post-Its and sticking them on a wall for everyone to see. Hundreds of young people responded. And at the end of the week, students were invited to hear the good news of Jesus' victory over sin and shame, praying for them and sharing the forgiveness and freedom Jesus offers. Many students responded to this invitation.
Again and again, I have seen that a kept secret has power to keep a person locked in a prison of isolation, guilt, shame, loneliness and fear. But a secret confessed and surrendered into the loving hands of God can set a person free to heal, to grow and to reach out to others. I wonder do you have a secret? I encourage you to bring it to Jesus with a faithful friend you can trust. Or perhaps, are you the faithful friend who can hear the dark secret and help bring it into the light of God's forgiveness, love and healing touch.
I understand all secrets are not sin! Many secrets are the sins committed against us or the guilt and shame about things that are out of our control. However, whatever the source of a secret the truth is still the same: "confession is good for the soul." James 5:16-17 says it best, Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. (The message)