No Shame This Monday

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Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth…” Isaiah 54:4a
noun: shame

  1. 1.
    a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
When I was young, I did many foolish things. I was truly confounded at a very young age, and I lost my moral bearing. With no moral compass, I rarely considered whether something was “right” or “wrong.” My only boundary was whether or not I would get “caught.”  With so little a foundation and a cracked one at that, it was not long before I began to have regrets. However, I knew not what to do with those regrets, so I just stuffed them and went on – continuing to make choices to try and fill an ever increasing void and sense of loss within my soul.  I spent a dozen years alone in my struggle. The endless attempt to find happiness was being overtaken by this gnawing awareness that I was losing the battle. And then…along came Jesus to save my soul! Hallelujah, yes!
From the miry clay to the solid Rock.
However, the past had its hooks and consequences in my present and in my future.  Those choices were still with me – and how was I going to deal with it all? Shame. I was so ashamed and grieved by my sin.  And though there is place for true repentance – what do you do with the guilt after you have come face to face with the awfulness of your action?

According to Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Jesus DESPISED the shame. He DESPISED the shame of the cross, its nakedness, its brutality, its humiliation.  He DESPISED the shame I put upon him because of my sin.  He DESPISED the shame that tries to beat me down. I will not be put to shame – because Jesus DESPISED it at the cross. He looked shame in the face – and knowing the joy set before him  also knew that SHAME had no hold on him. Jesus DESPISED shame’s attempt to destroy (me). Jesus knows that shame is ugly, powerless, and worthless. Shame was conquered and left for dead at the cross. Shame has no power over Jesus – therefore, shame has no power over me. Or you.


Be free, my friend.  Knowing the TRUTH (the Person) sets you free…..

Love,
Patti



         

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