Naked Before God: In Community

I love this. “Naked” before God and others means being genuine, real, honest, open, loving. It seems so easy, yet can prove so hard. I have had the humbling and amazing experience of being in a group of people and being able to bare my soul. This has happened often in my Christcare group (a small group of women from my church who have been meeting on Mondays since 2011), in the pastor’s Bible study, and in other groups in my past. I am blessed to have had these experiences, and I encourage others to seek out small groups, where you can gain true friends who you can bare you soul to and they can do likewise. It’s really a beautiful thing.

TLP

Up to this point we have been discussing being naked before God in our own personal worship, individually; just God and you. This can and should be a wonderful time, regularly observed. Yet it is not the end of matter by a long stretch; rather, it is the beginning. God made humanity for community, and His purpose and will is that this community would be in fellowship with Him, thus becoming His very expression of who and what He is; we saw quite clearly in our examination of His image a couple of years ago, that this was His intention from the very beginning.

For most of us however, it is one thing to be naked before God in privacy and safety, but it is quite another thing to be naked before one another in any sense of the term. Certainly, in the literal physical sense of the term, the…

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