In John 17:3 Jesus says that eternal life is this: knowing the one true God and Jesus Christ, who He sent.
That’s the goal: to know God through a relationship with His Son.
One incredibly important attribute of any relationship is honesty. In order for a relationship to be maintained, both parties must commit to being honest with one another. So I ask, are you honest with the Lord?
I think we all understand the importance of honesty in a relationship. We expect our husband and children to be honest with us and are in turn honest to them. With God, we have to be honest about our faults, our sins, and our worries but also about our hopes and our joys.
And the thing about God is that He already knows everything about us. That means we can ask Him to reveal what we are not being honest about.
Psalm 139: 23-24 says “Search me O God, know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
With honesty, there also needs to be communication. No relationship works without an open line of communication. And not telling God what is on your heart can be the same as being dishonest.
Proverbs 28:13 says this: “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
When your relationship with God is your life’s priority, it will influence all other relationships in your life. When you spend time getting to know God’s heart, it changes yours and how you interact with others. If the Holy Spirit is present in your life, your heart can’t not change!!
But in order for that to be the case, we have to maintain an honest heart and an honest line a communication. While at times that may be very difficult, because of guilt and sin, remember that God is faithful to forgive us and change us!
Again I ask, are you honest with the Lord? What areas do you need to open up about? What sins do you need to confess? What do you need to tell God right now?