➡️SHAME: That which tries to keep us separated us from God, and others.
There are 5 verses which speak to why shame is a liar & distorter of the truth – that when we have brought our wrong doings and foolish behaviours & attitudes to God, and having asked for His forgiveness, we are made whole, and clean again.
Shame doesn’t want us to walk in that freedom of restored relationship with God, and so lies to us that because of what we have done, we should hang our head and hide our eyes from others, but especially God.
Which is the opposite we are told God thinks about shame in the Word.
“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”(Hebrews 12:2 ESV)
Did you see that, friend? JESUS DESPISES SHAME. And despite having been put to death in a criminal farce and despicable way designed to hurt and humiliate, He refused to carry the weight of shame intended by the enemy with that death.
Which means that if we are being strengthened by Jesus, we can refuse to carry shame as well!
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sings and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”(1 John 1:9 ESV)
“There is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”(Romans 8:1 ESV)
If you have asked to be forgiven, you are. Period. Pull those verses out when shame tries to tell you otherwise.
And if those three verses are not enough, pull these next two out and claim them to help battle shame and kick it to the curb. Because as His child, you get to claim these promises of your Godly inheritance in the here and now!
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”(Psalm 34:4-5 ESV)
“Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion, they shall have everlasting joy.”(Isaiah 61:7 ESV)
What verse reminds you to kick shame to the curb?