Flawsome 2.0 SHAME
Last week’s post on being Flawesome sparked great conversation that warranted a part 2. Catch the periscopes here.
According to 2 Chronicles 16:9, God is looking for someone in whom He can show Himself strong. One thing that keeps us from saying yes to God is shame.
Shame: a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
We’ve all done and said things that we later realized were wrong or foolish. Shame is as old as the first sin. “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”-Adam (Gen 3:10)
If you are avoiding intimacy with God or those who genuinely love you, you are very likely dealing with shame. Shame causes us to hide ourselves from God and from anyone else you think may be disappointed. You’ll be ineffective as a leader and limp as a follower.
WARNING: There is a way that seems right to men, and then there’s Gods way.
- Get out of shame by comparing yourself to others.
“I’m not as bad as….” “Everybody does it!” This type of justification through comparison may alieve the pain of shame for a moment. But the Bible teaches that those who compare themselves with others “… lack wisdom and behave like fools” 2Cor 10:12
- Get out of shame by receiving mercy from God.
This way out is more painful and requires a hard, honest look at ourselves. But there is freedom in it. God never runs out of mercy for those who are truly repentant. In fact, His mercy is fresh and new every morning!
Jesus taught the futility of justifying ourselves by comparison. Read the story of the tax collector and the Pharisee in Luke 18:10-14. The religious man felt better due to his pride. The tax collector beat his chest in true repentance. Only one of them left in right standing with God. Do you want to feel better or be better?
Success and Progress!