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)
9 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.