Have you no shame?!
Though these words usually conjure up a picture in our mind of a scolding, matronly figure wagging her finger, I want to focus on a different voicing. A wistful, broken, incredulous person, hoping for freedom-asking as they see our joy.
Sunday during the worship time at church, several songs had phrases regarding shame. “I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves, where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone, in Your Presence, Lord.” Another song spoke again to my heart, “You stood before my failure and carried the cross for my shame. My sin weighed upon your shoulders, my soul now to stand.”
In Heaven, there will be no shame. No shaming. No “rubbing your face in it” tactics. On Earth, we can experience that freedom in Christ. Guilt and shame are one of the enemy’s favorite pairs. If you have remorse and regret over a choice or action, you can be sure he’s there trying to rob you of the peace and forgiveness and freedom that have already been purchased for all sin!
Genesis 2:25 describes our original state, how God intended for us to experience all the fullness of His creation! “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” (NIV)
Will we stumble and fall and sin, though we try our best not to do so? Yes. Psalm 19:12-13 “How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.” (NLT)
In my own life, there are plenty of moments I would like to amend, correct, re-do, erase, etc. The majority are parenting errors that I have not let go of. Times where I did not understand my young child and was too stern. Tears were produced in both my daughters and myself in each circumstance. My sweet youngest, thankfully, has benefited from the mistakes we’ve made with her older two sisters.
God wants to wipe the chalkboard clean. To restore our childlike wonder!
God was gently tugging at my heart this weekend, whispering His truth and compassionate love into my very soul. “Tammy, remember my Spirit is in you.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (NLT)
He specifically impressed on my heart His desire for me to be free! Free from guilt and shame over mistakes. Things I cannot change should not be ruling over me right now. They are gone, behind me. Like a bad dream that I may be able to recall, they are moments far behind me.
Philippians 3:13-14 “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not yet achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (NLT)
You see, in our world, there are scaled judgments, punishments, to fit our “crimes”. In God’s eyes, however, all sin is sin. Either you are holy or you are a sinner. Only God is holy, hence the need for Jesus’ saving grace. One of the self-declared worst sinners wrote a letter of encouragement to a young man named Timothy, describing it best. That everything is for the Glory of God, not for us or about us!
“Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:14-17 (NLT)
No one of us is better than another. Each of our weaknesses allow God to show His strength and cause others to marvel at what HE can do in a life. That will draw others to Him, not to us! Hallelujah!
How about you? Have you been burdened under guilt? Shame? Condemnation? Do you long to be free? Are you holding on to that past decision, hoping someday you’ll be able to make it right?
Will you allow God to take it from your hands, mind, heart and soul and whisper His love and freedom to you?
Grab onto and enjoy your freedom, sisters, and if you like, click this link to a song He shared with me at our women’s retreat this past fall. “I Set You Free”.
All for His glory!