Nothin’ But the Truth

Jen Petersen

Read: James 5:15-18

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another. (v. 16)

For me, one of the hardest parts about parenting is dealing with lying. I want my children to feel that I trust them, that if they tell me something I will believe them. I don’t want to communicate to them that I doubt what they tell me, but sometimes I know they are not telling the truth. When this happens, I try to remind them that I can’t help them fix a problem if I don’t have accurate information.

Telling the truth about ourselves can be hard, especially when we think it will disappoint someone. Sometimes we tell lies to ourselves and to others, thinking that we are protecting ourselves. Sometimes we lie by giving everyone the impression that everything in our life is neat and tidy—we don’t have any problems and we don’t struggle with any sins. But of course, no one’s life is completely mess free, so no one believes our lies. We don’t protect ourselves; we just keep other people out.

We all have messiness in our lives. But if we can’t share it with anyone, then we’re all alone in our messes. We lose the opportunity for people who love us to help us make things better. And we lose out on the assurance that we’re not alone. God gave us one another so that we can help each other in our struggles. But for that to work, we have to be honest about our challenges. —Jen Petersen

 As you pray, ask God to help you be honest about your struggles.