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The Hidden And The Public

Psychologists say that everyone keeps about 13 secrets, 5 of which they have never told another soul. The study, done in 2017, concluded that carrying these secrets is actually damaging to the human psyche or soul.

In a search for answers concerning this, one could, of course, turn to the Greatest Physician ever, Who spoke on it somewhat directly.

This comment by Jesus must have been made multiple times, as Luke re-records it later:

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. (Luke 12:2-3)

Many times, people hide things because of the shame associated with it. People often come to a place of amazing freedom simply by being honest about what was previously hidden. It is not uncommon for people to “forget” events in their lives simply by suppressing and denying that the event ever occurred at all. Facing the excruciating pain of acknowledging the event seems too overwhelming, so a pathway of denial and stuffing is pursued instead. Denial seems like a good idea at the time, but dragging that secret along is exhausting and eventually brings real damage to the individual, their health, peace, relationships, and even their sanity. The phenomenon of ‘deny until forgotten’ is especially prevalent among girls who experienced abuse in their early years.

One day, Jesus looked up in a tree and saw a short man there with secrets who was curious about this Jesus. When the Lord said his name, it must have sent shockwaves through the man. After all, if He knows my name, what else does He know? During the ensuing meal at the man’s house, he was overcome with the words of Life, and realized there was no place to hide the secrets anymore. Rising in repentance, he committed to unearthing every secret and bringing legal restitution to every one of them. Upon this scene, Jesus pronounced that salvation had come to that house.