The Fear of Being Known

Read: James 5: 16-20

One of the most most difficult inner conflicts we have is our desire to be known versus our fear of being known. As beings created in the image of God we are made to be known – known by God and also by others. Yet due to our fallen nature, all of us have sins and weaknesses that we don’t want others to know about. We use the phrase “dark side” to refer to aspects of our lives  that we keep hidden. And we use slogans like “put your best foot forward” to encourage others to show their best side.

I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will
confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.
Selah. – Psalm 32:5 KJV

The voice of sin may be loud but the voice of forgiveness is louder – D. L. Moody

One reason we are unwilling to risk being known is that we feat rejection and ridicule. But when we discover knows us, loves us and is willing to forgive even the worst things we have done, our fear of being known by God begins to fade away. And when we find a community of believers who understands the dynamic relationship between forgiveness and confession, we feel safe confessing our sins to one another (James 5:16).

Lord, help me to expose my sin,

Those secret wrongs that lurk within;

I would confess them all to Thee;

Transparent I would always be. – D. Dehaan

The life of faith is not about showing only our good side. It’s about exposing our dark side to the light of Christ through confession to God and also to others. In this way we can receive healing and live in freedom of forgiveness.


Culled from Our Daily Bread – 2016 Annual edition for September 19 “On Being Known” by Julie Ackerman Link.




One thought on “The Fear of Being Known

  1. excellerblog

    True talk. Insecurity issues… It’s such a good thing that God understands our frailties and holds our hand through them. Also, there is strength in vulnerability. We get helped when people know what we really are like.



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