Rigorous means “severe, harsh, exact or accurate.” When was the last time you had a rigorous (severe or harsh) work out? You know, when you sweated a little harder by running ten minutes longer, or by lifting 20 extra pounds on the weight machine.
Although it hurts at the start, over time, rigorous workouts generate clear results. Your muscles are firmer. Your energy is higher. Your stamina increases.
The same is true in recovery when you exercise your “honesty” muscle. Half-hearted efforts produce little or no change, while rigorous honesty changes you.
For most of us, when we finally become aware of our need for recovery, there are things that we’ve been dishonest about. Our addictions and sinful patterns have caused us to twist or hide the truth from others and ourselves. Perhaps you have been hiding for so long that you’ve forgotten who you truly are. Or you continue to distort the truth because the truth is too painful to face. An honest review will help you come clean, freeing you from your secret prisons.
Remember to tell on yourself (with specifics) to God and to others. Rigorous honesty is speaking the truth with no wiggle room. It is a commitment to thoroughness and to not blurring the truth.
As you are freed from protecting the past, you then can begin moving forward, honestly recovering your day-to-day thoughts and actions.
The idea of rigorous honesty might sound frightening or overwhelming, but if you really want to get well, there are no other options.
The truth will indeed set you free.
Honestly revealing specific thoughts and actions is essential for your recovery.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10)
Commit to telling on yourself today. Call a person you trust and tell them, with rigorous honesty, something that you’re struggling with. Bringing your sins into the light will begin your healing and lead you to peace.
Dear God, you see every part of my life, both past and present. Thank you for loving me in spite of what I may have hidden from others and from myself. Reveal to me my true thoughts, motives and actions. Please give me the courage to tell that truth without exaggeration and without cover-up.