Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shame and Forgiveness

Ezekiel 16: 63 (Message)

You'll remember your past life and face the shame of it, but when I make atonement for you, make everything right after all you've done, it will leave you speechless.'" Decree of GOD, the Master.

I remember when I was a little girl and it was time to pick teams to play the game in gym class. The shame began to build because I was never picked until next to last or last, unless I was the one picking. I always hated gym and never excelled because I never felt like I did anything right when it came to playing a game. I felt shame that I was less than everyone else.

Now this is an example of a small child and feeling shame, but what about as an adult when we know better than to take the route that we take and we take it anyway. The shame begins to build, doesn't it?

The verse above so spoke to my heart because of the way I feel God's love ~ way more than I feel the shame for the times that I know that I cause Him pain. The amazing thing about it is that even though I know I've caused Him pain the more I feel God's forgiveness and love. The comfort increases because we know the depth of God's love for us because of Christ!

I don't know if my explaining this is clear today…once again God's amazing forgiveness is so strong that He takes away our shame even in trying to explain shames of the past or present because of His mighty love!

Feeling so loved,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie,if only I could take this verse deep down into my heart regarding shame. It is the enemy that will keep bringing shame to our minds, not God.

1 John 1:9 tells us, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

Psalm 103:12 says, "as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."

I believe that the enemy will cause you to feel shame for something that is not even yours to bare.

Praying that I leave shame at the foot of the cross and refuse the lies of the enemy.