Matthew 10:26-27 (NIV) “So do not be afraid of them. For there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.”
This passage is a powerful one. Jesus is talking to his disciples who are preparing to go out to bring the kingdom of God to the people through signs and wonders. They will be praying for people to be healed.
But as they go out, they need to be mindful that they have enemies. The religious leaders of the day don’t want to see their religion systems overturned. That would mean their status and position in society is questioned.
This passage is proceeded by Jesus telling that they will be like sheep among wolves. Persecution is coming. Even from their own family.
Jesus here is speaking about those who lie about you, those who slander you behind your back. The truth will come out. The things you are hiding will be revealed.
I am trying to live a lifestyle of integrity. I want to be able to give someone a straight, truthful answer when I am asked a question. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to be afraid later on because it’s all out in the open. The truth might be uncomfortable because no one is perfect. I have found, though, when am honest, even about my failures and shortcomings, people around me are much more understanding, as opposed to if they learn “new” information later that jeopardizes their trust in me.
Taking responsibility is always the right choice even if it a harder path. Own your actions or you will live in fear about the secrets you are keeping coming out in the open.