Shame is a sensitive thing; a sensitive subject. None of us wants to remember those things that put us to shame. At the same time, we would love to forget those things that bring us shame. For some, it might be as simple as a wrong dress choice. Maybe you wore the wrong piece of clothing and you felt ashamed about it. For most of us, shame is deep. It cuts us every time we remember that thing that we did that brought us shame.
No one wants to be reminded of their failures and usually, shame is rooted deeply in those failures. Most of us have things that we have done in secret that if exposed would destroy us; so we hide our shame, we pretend like nothing ever happened but on the inside the guilt and the shame eats us. Adam and Eve went through this inGenesis 3→ They ate the forbidden fruit and after that what followed was a realization of their nakedness. Shame makes us feel naked, exposed, and vulnerable. We wrestle with the fear of someone finding out or exposing and reminding us of our shame.
After they had committed this sin they hid from God for they felt ashamed. The first thing they did after they realized that they were naked was try to cover themselves up with leaves, fig leaves to be exact. That is what happens to us. When we have done something wrong, we try to cover it up with our own efforts. We try our own self-righteous efforts. We think if we do many other right things we will run away from the shame and from the guilt. Yet like Adam and Eve, our covering never gives us the confidence of standing before God.
When God came to look for Adam, his response was ‘I was naked so I hid…” That is man’s natural response when he stands before a holy God. When we stand before God in our sin, in our shame, we feel naked. For this reason, most of us who feel like they have committed big sins tend to run away from God. The devil loves this and he uses this to accuse us and condemn us, reminding us of our failures, bringing to remembrance our sins. We see and are convinced that God is our enemy and He does not love us.
The Bible states that “without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.” Hebrews 9:22→ That is why when Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves with their own righteousness they still felt naked until God poured blood and covered them with skin.
His righteousness unlike our righteousness, is PERMANENT and He did the ultimate act of love- He did not wait for us but He died a shameful death on that cross. He was stripped naked, spat on and insulted so that His shame could cover yours.Hebrews 9:22↓
The devil wants us to think that God is our enemy while the enmity is in our minds Col 1:21↓. God loves us to the extent of giving His Son to sinners like us. He did not wait for us to become perfect but He died for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:10↓
The blood of Jesus has covered your shame. The Bible in Isaiah 54:4→ says “you shall not be ashamed…you shall forget the shame of your youth.”
Let go of the shame, let go of the pain for God does not count your sin against you. Let Jesus heal you and restore you. Focus on the finished work of Christ and rest deeply in His embrace. Accept and receive all that He has for us, all that He has for you and me. He did the work, He paid the price. The accuser no longer has anything to say for he has been silenced by the Great Shepherd Jesus Christ.