Shame Off You

Romans 10:1-11; 2 Corinthians 5:16-19

How often do we hear the phrase or say the phrase “Shame on You?” I know that I am guilty of saying it from time to time but recently I have been thinking about the implications of those words. They put shame upon someone who may be dealing with enough shame in their life already. Instead of speaking words of condemnation and judgement upon them what if we were to speak words of hope and deliverance?

The Bible uses the word “Shame” approximately 147 times. Many times in the Old Testament it is used as a result of sin and disobedience towards God, but the New Testament proclaims that Jesus takes our shame away.  Romans 10:11 it says, “Anyone who believes in him (Jesus) will never be put to shame.” Through the grace and forgiveness of Jesus we don’t have to live with shame on our lives. Jesus takes the old and makes us new (2 Cor. 5:17).

Pastor and author Matt Chandler writes about a time in the past when he visited the city that he grew up in to speak at a Men’s conference. He talks about these feelings from his past that weighed heavy upon him. He writes, “I was overwhelmed with the guilt and shame of the wickedness that I had done in that city prior to knowing Jesus Christ …. I could hear the whispers in my heart: “You call yourself a man of God? Are you going to stand in front of these guys and tell them to be men of God? After all you’ve done?”

He continued and wrote, “In the middle of all that guilt and shame, I began to be reminded by the Scriptures that the old Matt Chandler is dead. The Matt Chandler who did those things, the Matt Chandler who sinned in those ways, was nailed to that cross with Jesus Christ, and all of his sins—past, present, and future—were paid for in full on the cross of Jesus Christ. I have been sanctified “once and for all” …. He remembers my sins no more …. And I no longer need to feel shame for those things, because those things have been completely atoned for.”

Amen and Amen again! When Satan and others try to cast shame on you, remind yourself that Jesus has taken off that shame. Your past mistakes, sins, and failures are forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. No sin is too great, no shame is too overwhelming for Jesus to redeem in your life. Come to AMC this Sunday and hear more about this abundant grace of Jesus for your life.

Make it personal:  How often do you use the phrase “Shame on You?” Think about what that means and how it is the direct opposite message that Jesus wants to deliver. People may put shame on you but Jesus takes that shame off of you. The grace of Jesus should be the Good News that we are sharing and blessing others with.

Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church