Recently I had an illness for a couple of weeks. I feel so much better now. But during that time, God directed me to the part in the bible where it shows when Jesus washed Peter’s feet.
After Jesus washes Peter’s feet, this passage stood out to me.
“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. How that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” -John 13: 12-17
What stood out to me was the importance emphasized about washing each other’s feet. God was showing me the importance of our testimony when God uses difficult times to grow us past something. During my illness, God showed me so much about my negative thinking patterns that were toxic to my daily life. He gave me a picture of this light bulb with visible wiring inside. Then he highlighted a certain part of that wiring and showed me it was my negative thinking and then he removed it and replaced it with one of his promises. Afterwards I shared my story over and over again with friends, one at a time. And every time I revealed the correction that the Lord had shown me, I was blessed with more freedom.
By confessing to my friends, the correction became a testimony to show how God makes all things new. How we are all servants that need our feet washed and the importance of what that humility does for all of us. By letting my dear friends into the healing that was happening inside of me, I had support to help me with my growth in all the areas that God was highlighting for me to change.
Confessing our sin to each other brings the light in and puts our humility on display to show that shame will not exist there. Using the confession of sin and repentance to be the unity that leads us to the one that loves us more than we could ever understand.
I want that kind of freedom for every person I know and I want that freedom for me too.