I read this in the morning:
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit
of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV
That got me thinking about what it would be like to live "unveiled."
I found a few interesting studies about living untruthfully:
- All of us lie.
- We lie often.
- Kids learn to lie from watching their parents.
- We invent many excuses for telling lies.
- Lying becomes easier with practice.
- Books on lying have become best-sellers: the subject is compelling and universally practised.
My college roommate is one in a million. She decided a few years ago to be honest about everything. Spending time with her is refreshing.
"What do other people think about you being so honest?" I asked her.
"Some people like it and some don't," she admitted. "But I live to please God, who is Truth. This is who I am. Who God made me. And I am willing not to be liked when I tell the truth."
What liberty! How would my unveiled face look to my family? To my neighbor? My coworker? My friends at church? The teammates where I volunteer?
Could you live unveiled? Or do you feel forced to pretend?
In what ways have you told the truth or concealed it? What were the consequences?
*The Lord is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. Psalm 98:9 NLT
*I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2 NIV
*Jesus said, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work." John 4:34 NLT
*See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3 ESV
Anonymous poem found in her mom's old Bible, shared by friend Sylvia Stewart: