<<revealing, unveiling>>

Like many other things in life the act of exposure can be used for good or ill. It is beneficial from relatively early in life to be introduced to a wide range of legitimate different experiences and opportunities to develop a balanced and mature appreciation of the multi-faceted world in which we live. Even in church life exposure to different beliefs and practices can be enriching yet the Bible must be our guide book for our values and conduct. However, don't exposure yourself to ungodly experiences or substances as these can leave indelible effects in your memory and body besides opening your life up to the wrong spiritual realm which is keen to gain more unsuspecting victims (1 Cor 14:20; 1 Pet 5:8).

The public revelation or unmasking of something sinful that has been kept secret, such as martial unfaithfulness or financial misconduct will always bring embarrassment, disgrace and scandal. What a strong incentive to live a life of integrity as everything will be made obvious, if not in this life certainly

Deal with what He reveals

when we stand before the Lord, for nothing is ever hidden from Him including our motives (Lk 8:17; 1 Cor 4:5; Heb 4:13). We should humbly come before the Lord, allowing Him to expose the areas of our lives where sin is lurking and repent of it. "Your Word is a lamp...The entrance of your Word gives light..." (Ps 119:105,130). Why not pray this as a prayer, "Search me, O God, and know my heart...See if there is any offensive way in me..." (Ps 139:23,24). As God already knows what is within, David's was expressing his desire that God would point out anything that was sinful, so he could repent of it. Do I make myself vulnerable for the Holy Spirit to convict me of sin, be it thoughts, words or actions that are not God-honouring?

The ‘private’ parts of our human bodies should not be displayed to anyone except our marriage partner or for specific medical reasons. Swimwear and clothing fashions often push the boundaries, revealing more than is appropriate and so giving rise to ungodly thoughts and desires in both males and females. Jesus said, even looking lustfully at a woman is mental adultery (Mt 5:27,28). Thus we must take control of our thoughts (Job 31:1; Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 10:5).

Paul wrote that we are not to have anything to do with the ‘fruitless works of darkness’ but rather expose them (Eph 5:11-13). Much Christian activism is directed towards bringing social evils to light and protecting the vulnerable from such wickedness.

See also: conviction, exhibitionism, hide/hidden, naked, spirit realm.