Gather • Devotion #5: Break the Silence

Have you ever felt alone? It is like you are on an island, but not a tropical island. There is no sun and it is rainy, cold, and dark. You feel goosebumps crawling up your arms and the wet dense sand between your toes. The cold moist wind is blowing right up the sleeves of your shirt. There is a heavy weight right in the middle of your chest, not physically of course, but metaphorically because you have something in your life of which you are ashamed. It is something you feel that you can never crawl out from under and something that nobody could ever relate to. 

What I just described is sin. It is more than just a physical act against God. It is a lot more emotionally torturous than most people think because when you are in the midst of sin you cannot see clearly. You cannot think clearly, and you feel alone. This is exactly what the devil wants you to feel. His goal is to make you feel completely separated from God, your friends and family, and even yourself. Once you are separated, you feel helpless and you do not know what to do and you do not know what to say. You fear being judged and outcast from everyone you care about. 

What if I told you that there was a way out? What if there was a lifeboat coming to shore to save you and bring you home? What if there was a way to break the silence and bring joy back into your life? The key is that all you have to do is tell someone what you are going through. It sounds really easy when you read it. Believe me. I know for some of you when you read that you swallowed and gulped the biggest fear you have ever felt. It is terrifying to be completely vulnerable in front of a peer and let them know of all your shortcomings. It is important to know what we were called to as believers.

Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

If you read that as I did, you would notice one big line right in the middle of those verses, “should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.” For those of you that are going through something in your life, we want to be there for you and walk with you through whatever it is. We want to restore you. Can you imagine what that feels like? Try to remember the feeling you had before this sin weighed heavily in your life. Remember what it was like to be free? It is like taking a giant weight off your chest and finally being able to take the biggest breath you have desired for so long. We want to be gentle in the way we handle any situation as a believer, as to make sure we do not look down on you and make you feel any less than you are. At the end of the day, we will all struggle with something in our lives. Nobody is perfect and we all have shortcomings. God has called us as believers to do good to everyone, especially those who believe in Jesus!

Galatians 6:10 adds, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

So, let someone in your life. The one thing we cannot do as believers is guess. We will never know the full extent of what you are going through unless you tell someone. We cannot help unless you shut down the silence and open up to the feelings of joy. Once you break the silence, you will be on your first step to joy and freedom and you will not be alone. You will have a community of people closest to you walking with you. This is what God wants for your life. He will always be for you and never against you. He wants the best for you every moment of every day. All it takes is breaking the silence. You can do it. You are not alone. God has empowered people in your life to restore you with gentleness and love. 

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