An Open Letter to My Church Family

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Dear Church Family,

You are so special to me. Many of you have known me since I was born, or even before. I love you all so much-you are like family to me. I often joke that going to church is like going to a family reunion full of uncles, aunts, grandmas, grandpas, and cousins. You have all made a huge mark on my life. I am sure that I would not be who I am today without you.

Because of this relationship that I have with you all, I have something important that I need to tell you. The Bible tells us in James 5:16 to confess our sins to one another, so I have some things to confess to you. Many of you have unintentionally put me up on a pedestal of sorts as a “good Christian girl.” While I am honored by that, you need to know how hypocritical I am. I too often hide behind your impression of me and keep my sin and my struggles under cover. Outside of church, I’m rude to my siblings, disrespectful to my parents, and inconsistent with my relationship with Christ. I gossip about people and I dwell in my own insecurities. I do strive to please the Lord- but in my sin I often fail. I am astounded by the love that my Jesus has for me despite my constant sin and failure.

So, dear family, I am sick of hiding behind a false image. I am so sick of being a hypocrite, and I’m so very sorry for allowing you to think that I’m something that I’m not. From now on, I want you to see the REAL Miriam- no matter how dirty and imperfect she is, no matter how much she struggles, and no matter how deep her sin. We know that Jesus, by His precious blood, covered all of that for all of us. I believe that if we share our struggles and BE REAL our relationships with one another in Christ will be stronger than ever before. As a result, our church will be stronger than ever before, and we can make a bigger impact for Christ! Anything that we are or ever will be is because of Him. Without Him I AM NOTHING. I am sorry for taking credit for any good that I’ve done when we all know Who deserves the glory for anything that any of us do right. I love you all.

Your sister in Jesus Christ,

Miriam

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

~James 5:16

 

1 thought on “An Open Letter to My Church Family

  1. Amen! I don’t have much right now, but Praise God for your honesty and for what God is doing in your life! You are a blessing even more with your open heart and challenge to us all to open up and be real so we can help and pray for each other ! πŸ™‚ Love you more than before πŸ™‚
    πŸ™‚ Melodie

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