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His Grace Abounds: Overcoming Shame

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


Beloved friends, today we journey into an area of our hearts where the enemy often lurks, seeking to entrap us – shame. This emotion, often born from the perception of being a sinner, not living up to expectations, can shroud us in a heavy cloud of self-deprecation. But let us take a moment to remember God's word and the love He has for sinners.


It is true; we have all stumbled on our spiritual journey. We have all missed the mark, and it is easy to fall into a pit of shame when we acknowledge our flaws and sins. However, our loving Father does not want us to dwell in that pit. Instead, He offers us His grace and mercy, giving us hope and strength to rise above our shortcomings.


The Apostle Paul, known as a great man of faith, spoke candidly of his struggles with sin. He wrote in Romans 7:19, "For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want." If such a steadfast servant of God can admit his struggles, know that it is okay for us to do the same. For it is in our acknowledgement that we open a door for God's grace to come in.


When we experience shame, it is a sign that we are placing our focus on our human weaknesses rather than on God's strength. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" When we feel weak and unworthy, it is a reminder to lean harder into God's grace.


Our Lord Jesus Christ knew no sin, yet he bore our sins on the cross. He took upon Himself the shame we deserved, so we could stand before God, cleansed and redeemed. Therefore, it is not in God's will for us to live in perpetual shame, but to continually turn towards Him for forgiveness and mercy.


We remember that our failures and sins do not define us, they are not our identity once we have been born again. God sees beyond our sins and shortcomings. He sees the potential, the purpose, the divine spark He placed within us. Psalm 139:14 affirms that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." We are God's masterpiece, His workmanship, created for good works.


If you are under the weight of shame today, I encourage you to seek God's presence. Do not hide from Him in your guilt but seek His forgiveness, for it is readily given to all who ask. Let go of the expectations you have placed on yourself and accept the grace and mercy God offers.


In conclusion, my beloved brothers and sisters, do not allow shame to anchor you in the past. Do not let your perceived failures define you. Instead, embrace God's unconditional love. Let His grace cleanse you and lift you from the pit of shame.


Remember the words in Romans 8:1, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." You are loved, you are forgiven, and you are free. This is the truth we live by; this is the hope we hold on to.