Honest conversations can be hard. Whether you need to resolve a conflict, be vulnerable with a family member about how you feel, or point out something you see in a friend, it can be easy to want to avoid or ignore the conversations that we know we need to have. However, honesty is the first step in building genuine and lasting relationships, and it’s our decision to have these honest conversations that allows us to be so much closer to God and people. Here are some Scriptures on having honest conversations with both God and our friends.

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:5‬ ‭MSG‬‬
“Open up before GOD, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.”

Psalm 32:5-7 Voice
When I finally saw my own lies, I owned up to my sins before You, and I did not try to hide my evil deeds from You. I said to myself, “I’ll admit all my sins to the Eternal,” and You lifted and carried away the guilt of my sin. [6] So let all who are devoted to You speak honestly to You now, while You are still listening. For then when the floods come, surely the rushing water will not even reach them. [7] You are my hiding place. You will keep me out of trouble and envelop me with songs that remind me I am free.

1 John 1:7 ERV
We should live in the light, where God is. If we live in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood sacrifice of Jesus, God’s Son, washes away every sin and makes us clean.

Hebrews 3:12-13 ERV
So, brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has the evil thoughts that cause so much doubt that you stop following the living God. [13] But encourage each other every day, while you still have something called “today. ” Help each other so that none of you will be fooled by sin and become too hard to change.

Proverbs 27:6 TPT
You can trust a friend who wounds you with his honesty, but your enemy’s pretended flattery comes from insincerity.

Galatians 6:1-5 Voice
My spiritual brothers and sisters, if one of our faithful has fallen into a trap and is snared by sin, don’t stand idle and watch his demise. Gently restore him, being careful not to step into your own snare. [2] Shoulder each other’s burdens, and then you will live as the law of the Anointed teaches us. [3] Don’t take this opportunity to think you are better than those who slip because you aren’t; then you become the fool and deceive even yourself. [4] Examine your own works so that if you are proud, it will be because of your own accomplishments and not someone else’s. [5] Each person has his or her own burden to bear and story to write.

James 5:16 NLT
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Matthew 5:14 MSG
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Matthew 23:11 MSG
“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.

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