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The shame of sin causes us to hide. And we can develop pretty subtle fig leaves to do so. While there’s no point in wallowing in our past sins, we’re often still hiding when we’re too quick to move on.

To be sure, some have over-identified with their sin struggles. In fact, it has become a type of idol in their life – constantly showing others just how much they struggle.

It appears as righteous humility, but it’s actually fueled by pride – the desire to be viewed a certain way by others.

In this case, deep healing and growth in freedom is not likely to take place because it would require one to give up their identity as the Struggling Sinner.

Others not wanting to appear as wallowing are all too quick to claim freedom and their new identity in Christ.

And, for them, there’s no need to even consider past sins because they’re all covered under the blood of Christ.

While true, deep healing and true freedom is still missed.

Both approaches appear right on the surface, but often end in becoming just another subtle fig leaf.

It’s true we all sin and stand in need of God’s grace everyday.

But we can also hide behind our struggles rather than letting our true essence and original glory be seen and accepted. When we’re still not comfortable being naked without shame, our struggle provides a convenient covering.

It’s also true that in Christ we no longer have to live under the guilt and shame of our sins. We’ve been cleansed and set free.

But receiving this grace doesn’t mean we water down and dismiss our sins. The healing journey often requires us to sit with and expose the many embarrassing parts of our story before we can live in true freedom.

Fight daily against sin without making the struggle an idol. And fully accept the grace and freedom Christ offers without whitewashing your story. Don’t let subtle fig leaves keep you in hiding.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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