Wednesday, February 13, 2013

He Took our Shame

Shame [sheym]

Noun

1. The painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another. She was overcome by shame.

2. Susceptibility to this feeling: to be without shame.

3. Disgrace; ignominy: His actions brought shame upon his parents. 

{According to Dictionary.com)

February 8th, 2013
7:00AM

I learned this week how important it is that you removed our shame. You removed our shame not so that we can continue sinning, but so that we can be healed. Without shame, we are free to share our weaknesses and struggles, and that is when we open our hearts to you. By making ourselves vulnerable, we allow your healing hand into our burdened hearts. 

By removing our shame, you made it so we can learn from each other. Our weaknesses and struggles gain purpose when they point others to you. 

We are also able to form true and lasting friendships when we are able to look at our brothers and sisters and say "Here is my heart, stains and all."

When we present our stains, you are ready with open arms to cleanse our hearts. 


I wanted to share that excerpt from my journal.

Lately, I've been feeling incredibly thankful that Jesus came and removed our shame

The shame that will tempt me to keep my struggles hidden. The shame that tries to convince me that I will never live up to God's expectations, and therefore am unworthy of His love. The shame that Satan uses to taint my view of myself, a child created in the image of God.

Do you ever feel that shame? 

Well, if you do, I have good news.

Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. 
The shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood will be remembered no more, 
for your Creator will be your husband.
The Lord Almighty is His name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
the God of all the earth.

Isaiah 54: 4-5

That is truth, my friends. 

So let's walk in that today, shall we? We are redeemed by the Lord Almighty. And we are free to walk in His love, rather than our shame. 

Goodbye shame. You will not be missed. 

5 comments:

Melissa Jo said...

Shame shame, so powerful and so degrading. I have my Redeemer who heals and forgets my sins. He makes me whole again - truly. He doesn't keep grudges he sees your heart's intentions - what amazing promises.

Amy said...

Couldn't have said it any better myself.
The sad thing is a lot of people live in the shame and never feel "good enough" to seek out healing.

Kiki said...

Loved, loved, loved this. It can be so hard to present our stains to others, but so rewarding, too as it gives us an opportunity to support and accept one another for who we truly are. Well said, friend! :)

Kerrie said...

God's presence is so evident in your life Amy. I love seeing you use your blog for his glory. Love ya girl!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

What a beautiful scripture!