Shame Off You!
God has nothing to do with shame.
Neither should you.
No matter where you are or what you have done…shame off you.
You shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself…ever. If God is never ashamed of you, why should you be ashamed of you? I am not talking about remorse and repentance for sin…both are critical to our faith. Shame has nothing to do with either.
Shame is a cloak of the enemy. Sin leads to shame. Shame leads to fear. Fear leads to control.
Let’s look at Adam immediately following the big bite: “At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame (shame) at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God (fear) walking about in the garden. So they hid (control) from the Lord God among the trees.”
After a discourse with the devil, Eve is deceived and Adam disobeys…both eat the forbidden fruit. The immediate effect of their sin was shame, “their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame.” Shame then becomes a catalyst…to cover, they sow leaves, trying to hide their shame. Why? Fear. They are afraid that God will see their nakedness. Funny, isn’t it? God has already seen their nakedness…matter of fact, God shaped their bare butts out of the dust of the earth…nothing is hidden from Him. The fear they felt caused them to run and hide from God when they heard Him coming. It’s that feeling when you are in trouble, but the punishment has been stayed until “Dad gets home”, when he pulls in you run to your room to hide and hope everyone forgets. Adam and Eve both hid from God…afraid of His punishment. God is not ashamed of you…here is proof…even though Adam and Eve had sinned, which God had seen because He is all-seeing, He came looking for them…calling out to them in the garden. God was in pursuit of them! Adam, stepping out from behind the tree, confesses. We were naked, ashamed, and afraid so we hid.
If, when you sin, instead of allowing shame to push you into hiding, you embrace the Saviour…sin will lose it’s control.
No shame, no fear. No fear, no control.
Shame off you!