“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5 NIV
Filtering shame out of my life has been liberating. I carried around the belief for a while that by feeling shameful I was honoring my imperfection before God. That is simply not true! It is a twisted, false sense of pride. Freedom came for me when I realized the distinction between shame and conviction.
Shame is a tool Satan uses to take us out of commission, derail us and get us stuck. Shame is a feeling of disgrace, dishonor, and regret.
Conviction is how the Holy Spirit operates. It is a state of awareness; a convincing or realization of a need to change. It is a tool the Holy Spirit uses to guide our hearts into that pliable place of transformation.
Grace is a gift that has already been given to us and paid for. Shame disrespects that gift. It treats it as if it isn’t good enough to cover our sin. Grace honors a repentant heart that comes to the cross. Shame comes with a feeling of unworthiness that isolates us from the cross. It places distance between God and us through lingering destructive emotion.
No matter what we “feel” like, the gift of grace is real. It’s just a matter of embracing it. It’s realizing the perfection in Christ and accepting the imperfection in ourselves. We cannot earn or create grace for ourselves. So let go of that thought! Embrace the gift that has been freely given in Christ Jesus. Our hearts are more valuable to God than anything we can possibly do. All we have to do is be convinced of His incredible love and accept His gift of grace and salvation. The rest is a compelling lifestyle of walking in grace and faith, embracing and honoring that gift.
We are not covered in shame. That is a lie. All we have to do is look to God and accept His radiant love pouring into our hearts. Do not let shame rob you of this precious gift. Throw it aside like a dirty rag. You are worthy in Christ. You are radiant.
Father, thank you for Your grace. Thank you for the guiding counsel of Your Holy Spirit who teaches me how to walk in Your grace!