New neuroscience has reported that it doesn’t really matter to our brain whether we are keeping our own secret or someone else’s. The brain is put in a compromising position. Our cingulate cortex which is responsible for our emotional response is hard-wired to tell the truth. So if we are keeping a deep, dark secret or even lying about our salary, this part of our brain is trying to process the untruth instead of assisting you with learning. When you keep secrets, big or small, or keep someone else secrets, it stress your brain and your cortisol levels are amped up keeping you in a constant state of fight or flight.
That excess cortisol contributes to fear and anxiety. Every time you think of that secret that cortisol drip is increased. Those surges in your cortisol impact your memory, blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues and even your metabolism. Often you gain weight.
“Sleep may be disturbed and could lead to emotional mood swings and a propensity to be ill-tempered or lose your coo,” says Dr. Allen Towfigh, a neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. “You may also have difficulty with memory and learning. And the excess release of cortisol will cause a host of other ailments, including possible increase or loss of appetite and disruption of metabolism.”
Out of control cortisol levels weaken your immune system, can lead to osteoporosis, hypertension and loss of collagen which means you get more wrinkles and your skin may look like crepe paper because it has lost its elasticity.
That is a high price to pay for being deceitful. Is anything done in secret really worth that? Remember it doesn’t matter if it is as serious as being unfaithful to your spouse or cheating on your budget, your brain is taxed when you aren’t truthful.
I used to keep secrets because I didn’t want to hurt anyone if they found out the truth. I was a child keeping adult secrets. Enter fear of conflict and fear of man which kept me bound for decades.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
The word faults in the Greek means a lapse or deviation from truth and unrightness; a sin or misdeed.
We are to tell the truth and pray for one another for good health. I wonder how many people are not healed because they will not confess their faults, w, He will have mercy on whom He will ill not tell the truth because of fear or simply do not take time to pray for others? Praise God He will have mercy upon whom He will have mercy.
If honesty is scary, ask the Father why. Is it worth your life?
I am not suggesting that you tell your secrets to someone standing behind you in the checkout line. I am suggesting that you find someone you trust and share your heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to tell you what to do next.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. Paul gives us a powerful exhortation.
My prayer for you is 3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in good health, even as thou soul prospereth.