One big difference between the righteous and the wicked is that the righteous reveal and the wicked conceal with their mouths.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. (PR 10.11)
The righteous reveal the fountain of life that’s in their hearts. Like God, the great Revealer, they open themselves to others. They share wisdom, joy, encouragement and life that God has given them. They also reveal their temptations, burdens and sins to others.
The wicked conceal, like their father, Satan. He hides, deceives, and operates in darkness. The wicked conceal their hatred, sins and intentions. They smile to your face and slander you behind your back. Their M.O. is to cover up, to fly under the radar, and play their cards close to their chests.
All of us are tempted to conceal. It’s humbling to confess our sins and struggles to others. I want to look good; I want others to think I have it all together. But concealing is the road to disaster; confessing the path to mercy:
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (PR 28.13)
Question: What holds you back from sharing your struggles with others? And how have you grown in sharing them?