What if they knew?

What if they knew who I really was?

What if I knew who they really were?


Where do I fit? I am so unqualified, and I am insecure.


I stumble too often over my words, and fail in my actions. As I have listened to the conversations and comments of others, though they may not be directed intentionally at me – I am made to feel inadequate, because I am not as “good” as they are saying that “I” should be.


I can never be, and will never be that “good” – that “perfect.”


And that word…UNQUALIFIED…resonates once again.


And they have no idea how hurtful those unintentional words are.


What if they knew who I really was? The “who” I once had been. What if they knew why I was that person? Would I still be judged? Would I still be condemned? If I told my story, would they be more careful with their words? Or would they even care? Or would the condemnation be worse than it already is? Would it change the way they thought about “me.”


Everyone has a story. Everyone has a past. Can I remember this? Can I remember that – the one who just spoke those words that cut me so deep – they too have a history that may be painful? Can I offer grace to them, despite the pain they caused me?


Did they really mean to hurt me?


We are all broken in different ways. We have all sinned. We have all fallen short of God’s glorious standard (Reference Romans 3:23).


We are all imperfect people with imperfect pasts.


The Accuser [Satan] wants us to feel condemned. He will use the unintentional words of others to wage and rage a war in our minds. There is nothing that we can do on our own to make ourselves “good;” yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins (Reference Romans 3:24). So there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus (Reference Romans 8:1).




Linking up at Purposeful Faith and Testimony Tuesday



5 thoughts on “What if they knew?

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  1. Hi there! We’re neighbors today at RaRa. This post touched me deeply- I’m so glad I read it!! I’m so grateful that “God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight.” We are nothing without Him!!

  2. God’s grace is amazing! It’s nearly impossible to fathom its depths. And even harder to extend it to those around us. But except by the Spirit who guides us. Great and encouraging post! Blessings, Liz #RaRaLinkup

  3. Great post! I relate to asking “What if they knew?” and wanting to hide parts of my story. So important to grasp hold of the freedom Christ offers and know acceptance in Him. And definitely important to remember that everyone else has a story too and even when there words or actions hurt us there might be more behind it than they realise. Visiting from Testimony Tuesday.

  4. Angel, I’ve asked those questions on and off my entire life. What if they really knew me? I’m so very thankful that God does know me (and each of us), and in His eyes—because of Jesus—we are enough. Thanks for the perspective that others have been hurt in their pasts, their stories, too. When someone says something that taps at my wound, I go into withdraw mode, and feel the hurt. Looking beyond that to see another hurting soul is an important thing to do. Because then, we can look beyond ourselves and pray for the one hurting.

    Such a beautiful post. I’m your neighbor at Holly Barrett’s today. It’s so nice to “meet” you. 🙂

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