We encourage others when we testify of the depths of sin from which God delivered us… when we admit how low we allowed the devil to convince us to go. It can help others who are going through the same struggles, but be careful…especially with the details.
You must use wisdom, discernment and discretion when sharing your ‘testimony’. You don’t have to and sometimes can’t tell ALL YOUR BUSINESS and give all the details when sharing your lowest and worst. Why?
Because just as others can and will draw strength from your story of ‘how low you allowed yourself to go’, and how God delivered you…others can and will be discouraged or feel justified in their sin.
Some details are best not shared.
Some experiences that God allowed to remain secret, should remain secret.
We all know that Saul/Paul persecuted the church, but God didn’t give us all of the details.
We all know that Saul/Paul had a ‘thorn in the flesh’, but God didn’t allow us to know what it was.
We all know that Peter denied Christ, but we don’t know any of his other sins.
Think how Paul expressed his internal battle with good and evil…
Romans 7:15-20 (NKJV)
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
Some people aren’t concerned about the spiritual lesson in your story, they’re just nosey.
Yes, we should encourage others who can benefit from what we’ve gone through, but pray for wisdom in what needs to remain between you and God.
YOU CAN SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY WITHOUT TELLING ALL OF YOUR BUSINESS…
WHY YOU SHOULD THANK GOD HE ALLOWED SOME THINGS IN YOUR LIFE TO REMAIN SECRET…
This is so very true!