Day 233: If we’re honest

Today’s thought-provoking sermon was from the Psalms, and the theme was honesty. The pastor said that the Psalms were written to show that we can pray honestly to God about anything that we’re feeling. He gave examples of psalms that were about anger, and hate; about exhilaration and joy; about victory and defeat; about revenge and justice. No matter the emotion we have, he said, we can find a psalm that we can use to pray to God with. Sometimes the psalms are even shocking, but he said that they were in the Bible to show us that God is not shocked by anything we say to Him.

He used the lyrics from a couple of modern day songs as examples. This one from Toby Keith illustrates that need to be yourself. Most people don’t feel judged in a bar, but the moment they walk into a church, they feel that judgment. The church should be much more like this song:

We got winners, we got losers
Chain smokers and boozers
And we got yuppies, we got bikers
We got thirsty hitchhikers
And the girls next door dress up like movie stars
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm I love this bar
We got cowboys, we got truckers
Broken-hearted fools and suckers
And we got hustlers, we got fighters
Early-birds and all-nighters
And the veterans talk about their battle scars
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm I love this bar
I love this bar
It’s my kind of place
Just walkin’ through the front door
Puts a big smile on my face
It ain’t too far, come as you are
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm I love this bar
I’ve seen short skirts, we got high-techs
Blue-collared boys and rednecks
And we got lovers, lots of lookers
I’ve even seen dancing girls and hookers
If you’re honest, how comfortable would you be to have some of “those type of people” walk into your church? Read the lyrics again.
Then he used this song by Francesca Battistelli, and it made me think of FindingKindreds and this journey that I’ve been on. We have to admit we’re not perfect, that we’re broken, that we’re a mess before we can be set free, and heal, and be able to show grace to others…and so we have to be honest.

Truth is harder than a lie
The dark seems safer than the light
And everyone has a heart that loves to hide
I’m a mess and so are you
We’ve built walls nobody can get through
Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do, ever do

Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest

Don’t pretend to be something that you’re not
Living life afraid of getting caught
There is freedom found when we lay
our secrets down at the cross, at the cross

Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re hones

It would change our lives
It would set us free
It’s what we need to be

Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest

DAY 233 HOMEWORK: What do you need to be honest about? You can tell God directly…you won’t offend Him. Or do you need to be honest about something with someone near you? Mercy’s waiting on the other side. If we’re honest…

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