There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that use to go through my head weekly as I stood up before the congregation to speak – bc it is sooo true!
“If the truth was known and a light was shown on every hidden part of my soul
Most would turn away, shake their head and say he still has such a long way to go
If the truth was known you’d see that the only good in me is Jesus, oh it’s Jesus
If the walls could speak of the times I’ve been weak when everybody thought I was strong
Could I show my face if it weren’t for the grace of the One who’s known the truth all along
If the walls could speak they’d say that my only hope is the grace of Jesus, grace of Jesus
But oh the goodness and the grace in Him. He takes it all and makes it mine and causes His light in me to shine. And He loves me with a love that never ends. Just as I am not as I do. Could this be real, could this be true. This could only be the miracle of mercy.”
I once heard a speaker talk about how true love can only happen when there is truth and the people involved really know each other. W/o truth there is no love. He went on to say that this is how God loves us – He knows us inside and out, even the hidden parts that we try to hide from ourselves and hope will never see the light of day. And He loves us, with a total knowledge of who we are. You may fool people, you cannot fool God. He knows you and He loves you.
May we take comfort in the fact we are known intimately by the God of the Universe who has declared that we are His children. And may the light of Jesus shine in the hidden places of our hearts till we become exactly who God created us to be through the faithfulness of the Son Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, and to the glory of God the Father.