I know a woman who had a horrible family secret for years. Every time the accusations would fly, and every time they were put down, it was one more knock on the door to the truth. This sword hung above her daily until finally the truth was told.
She shared that rather than feeling shame or fear, she felt relief. Finally, she could deal with and move past what she had known all these years.
“The truth will set you free.”
It has new meaning when you look at it that way.
How often do we hide things because of the consequences that we fear, the judgments we expect, or the truth we don’t want to face? How often does our shame create something bigger than what we were hiding in the first place?
There is freedom in the truth. There is freedom in getting through consequences sooner rather than later. There is freedom in admitting what is wrong so that it can be made right. And there is freedom in placing all of it in the hands of a God who died to set us free.