How would you feel if your life was held up to the light today?
* Would you feel a little threatened?
* Would you say, “No problem, I don’t have anything to hide?”
* Would you share the confidence the Apostle Paul had when he wrote, “I’ve conducted myself in the world and, especially in relations to you, with integrity and sincerity that comes from God?”
We are only fooling ourselves when we think we are able to keep our inconsistencies covered.
When the writers of Scripture speak of sincerity, they talk about having our inside be
consistent with our outside: Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. – Hebrews 4:13
How then can anyone be confident there won’t be discrepancies between character and conduct? In this teaching, Matt explained three key points:
* Sincerity requires a clear conscience.
* Sincerity requires honest communication.
* Sincerity requires faithfulness to your commitments.
“Jesus, help me to walk with integrity. Show me where my inside and outside are not consistent. Give me the strength to honestly communicate and to be faithful to my commitments. Let it be so!”
1. Who and what come to your mind when you hear the word “sincerity”? Is your definition different than the literal one, “To be found unstained when examined by sunlight.”?
2. What patterns need to change to let the light of Christ shine through your life?
3. God sees our actions and motives, so we can’t fool Him, but we often don masks for others. What are some of the masks we wear and how can we have an honest response in their place?
4. What does honest communication with God and others look like? Where are the boundary lines, or are there any?
5. What triggers self-protective communication, and how can you respond honestly but kindly?
6. What can we say when we are hurt or wronged that helps remedy a situation rather than hiding our real feelings?