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New Life Daily Devotion - Mar. 7, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 07
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Fear of Rejection
Hebrews 4:12-16

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

The thought of being totally honest about the exact nature of our wrongs causes us to hesitate for fear of rejection. How many times have we thought to ourselves, If anyone ever knew the real me they wouldn't love me; they would probably leave me?

Whether we like it or not, the Bible tells us that everyone will have to give an account of his life before God. "Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God" (Romans 14:12). But, we don't have to worry about surprising him with any of the hidden details. "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable" (Hebrews 4:13).

This can be encouraging if we think about it. The very fact that he already knows all about us and still requires us to give an account must mean that there is some value for us in the experience. Since he already knows every detail of our thoughts and actions and hasn't rejected us, we don't have to fear his rejection. "But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness" (1 John 1:9).

We don't go through the process of admitting our wrongs to God for his information, but for our transformation. Once we find the courage to work through this step with God, we will find more courage to help us risk telling another human being.

God knows all our secrets, but he lovingly waits for us to reveal them to him.

 
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