There is great power in a transparent testimony. Sometimes people just need to hear that you’ve been through what they are going through…and made it.

But, remember this…

You can give your testimony without telling ALL your business. You can bless their spirit without feeding their nosiness.

You don’t have to give every intricate detail of what you’ve gone through, what you did, what you endured to be a blessing to someone else. In fact, some parts of your testimony could do more harm than good. We still need to give people something to aspire to.

Think about this…

While he was president, we didn’t know every detail of John F. Kennedy’s business. We didn’t know every detail of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s business. We didn’t know every detail of Martin Luther King Jr.’s business.

Yes, we know that David sinned with Bathsheba, but we don’t know every detail. Yes, we know that Peter denied Christ, but we don’t know every sin he committed. Yes, we know that Paul (Saul) persecuted the church, but we don’t know every sin he did. Yes, we know Paul had a ‘thorn in the flesh’, but we don’t know what that sin or weakness was.

1 Corinthians 15:9 (NKJV)

For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

The fact is that many of today’s scandals simply aren’t any of our business. We live in an age that people that not only does the public want to know everyone’s business, but they feel they have a right to it…especially public figures.

Pray for wisdom, discernment and discretion to know what you need to share and what you need to keep between God and yourself.





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  1. Worthwhile and needed post! From time to time, I have heard a testimony that shared too much and it really ended up glorifying the sin. It could also give the hearer sinful ideas, that they may not have otherwise had! As you say, we need discretion to tell enough but not every detail is necessary or helpful, and could even harm and distract from Christ.

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  2. I like this. Last week, I shared one of my first testimonies that happened when I was 12, so I really feel the relevancy. I struggled with a friend, scared by rumors and a threat. I turned to God, and man did He keep the spotlight as He should. 🙂 I like this piece of advice. Do what we share is helpful and can relate to someone else? Does it put the light on Christ above all? These are good questions.

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  3. Oh such great advice! How many times have we had to squirm and shift when someone was giving their testimony to the congregation? Yes, this goes to for one on ones! Loved this post! I think I have to share this one.

    Thanks too for following me!

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  4. Good stuff, brother. You know, I was saved at a pretty late stage in life. So, I probably have more stories to tell than others. My wife, for instance, literally was in church before she could walk. She didn’t have what one might term, “A road to Damascus moment.” I think sometimes when folks toot their sin horn so to speak it might make folks who had a far less momentous conversion feel slightly inadequate. Unless it is directly relevant to the situation of a person you might be sharing with, I tend to be careful with over divulging all of the sordid details. As Laura up above said, we can glorify the sin, rather than Jesus.

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