No Shame

   My dear friend Judson Cornwall wrote about how to overcome shame . 
Referring to Jesus’s story of the Prodigal Son and noting that Jesus told us everything necessary to understand the story and make application Judson also notes that many  details were not addressed, He points out that we are left to our imaginations to address  the unknowns in the story. 
      He hypothesizes, and I concur, that as the prodigal son came closer to his Father’s home his sense of shame became overwhelming. He had left home a son who was highly treasured bit now he was returning in defeat and disgrace. 
      We have all experienced shame, but it is not an emotion  in which God wants us to dwell. New Testament writers assure us that we need not be ashamed. Paul writes to Timothy: “Study to show  thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth  not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”,  (2 Timothy 2:15). The Apostle John wrote  “…abide in Him;that , when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed at His coming”, (1 Jn 2:28). The Bible does not produce shame nor does it 
ignore shame. It mentions “shame ” 100 times in 98 verses and  it uses the word “ashamed” 122 times in 111 verses. God both acknowledges our shame and offers us a way out of our shame . 
      We can experience shame over the  things we have done, not done , where we have done to much or not  done enough. Sometimes shame is 
projected upon us as someone tells us we ought to be a shamed  over some matter not to their liking, whether they are right or not. What are we to do?
      One of the promises of God is that we will not be ashamed. Paul 
writes, ” For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed”, (Rom 10:11).  For us not to be ashamed  means that God has made provision for our shame. Paul quoted the Old Testament promise of Joel (see Joel 2:26-27). where we find divine provision for overcoming  our shame.
      First, we are to eat plenty and be satisfied. The New Testament application is that we are to be filled with the nourishment, the spiritual food found in the Word of The Lord. When shame weakens our faith we are to return to the nourishment, the spiritual strength God has provided in His Bible.
      The second step in overcoming shame  is also seen in the passage in Joel, “praise the name of The Lord your God.” When we turn from condemning ourselves  to praising The Lord, shame dissipates., for there is nothing in God that makes us ashamed. Praise lifts is from recrimination to rejoicing. 
      The 3rd step is knowing and believing that God is in our midst. He has  a complete monopoly, as our Lord, that we cease to be ashamed. It is the work of the indwelling  Holy Spirit , in harmony with the written Word of the God, that brings us out of our shame and into a rejoicing . 
       Our behavior triggers guilt in our conscience that blares “rejection”.  But God, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, whispers “acceptance”. God does not expect absolute perfection from us,  but He has chosen to live in our hearts through the  Holy Spirit and bring us into progressive 
perfection. Thus we have this conclusion, “for both He that sanctifieth 
and they who are sanctified are all one; for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren,” (Heb 2:10). God’s children do not have to live in shame . 
Drexel
See  Judson Cornwall, “Lord, It’s Me Again” , Bridge Publishing, chapter 4. 

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