When we mess up in life we are called to repent of our wrong doing. That is usually done before God first and then the person we have wronged, second. But, have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I need to repent before God?” If God is all-knowing, why do I have to tell him what I did.
I’d like to suggest that that right there IS the main purpose of repentance. Repentance is the act of being honest with ourselves. Without that self-honesty, we can not truly change. Without it, we hinder our own personal growth.
When we practice radical self-honesty, we have to start liking a flawed person. We have to see all the blemishes and weaknesses that we’re afraid will disqualify us from being loved and accepted. When we are honest with ourselves it makes it harder to hide. It makes us vulnerable. And who loves being vulnerable? Isn’t that when we get hurt the most?
It is risky being honest. It is hard, too. Not everyone can do it. Not everyone wants to. It is only those few people who are truly brave that risk seeing themselves as they truly are.