Our Sense of Shame & The Lack There-of
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
While listening to today’s broadcast from Ravi Zacharias (Unplugging the Truth In a Morally Suicidal Culture Part 2 of 4) he touched on a topic that has been swirled around the lips of a few people in conversation as of late: shame and the lack of it in today’s society. Things that were once considered wrong are now considered right. It is not enough to merely just tolerate something; you must approve and applaud it, take it upon as if it is your own. I speak in generalities, so please do not attempt to draw a conclusion that I am pinpointing one particular subject matter.
Shame is defined as a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
So, if by simply deduction all feelings, ideals, and actions are given a pass and are considered rightly acceptable (henceforth good); then shame will cease to exist.
But as we know, not all things are good … not all things are right … not all things are just. Shame exists for a reason.
My own shame has brought me closer to God. The shame which I have felt in my life, more often than not was brought about due to my contradiction to God’s ideal way of living (a la I was convicted by the Spirit). Now, we are by no means to wallow in guilt over that which we have done (or even anything you may do in the future), but alas we are to recognize, repent, remove and move forward.
Shame is a topic found through-out the Bible from in Genesis where as Adam and Eve hid themselves because of their nakedness to David declaring his dishonor in Psalms for what He had done to the inevitable shame that will come to all those who do not believe (Jeremiah).
Here are some verses on the topic as listed out by GodVine:
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be to them.
Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
For whoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
1 Corinthians 10:13
Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
1 John 1:9
And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
So I urge you brother and sisters of Christ, read the scriptures, listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, train yourself to know what is right, acceptable and pleasing to the Lord. In the end, His view and opinion is the only one that will truly matter.
***This is a simple disclaimer, as I know that the word "shame" can come with various subtexts. It is my sincere hope that no one will experience shame for too long of a period, and that no one will let their disobedience to the will of God keep them separated from their communication with Him. God's grace and forgiveness extends to all people. You will never do ANYTHING that can separate you from the the love of God (aside form ultimately not accepting His son as Savior and henceforth ending up in hell - which is separation from God). Conviction of the Holy Spirit is not the same as condemnation from the evil one.If you perhaps are reading this and would not consider yourself saved, please know that you do not have to "get yourself right" in order to come to God, He accepts you just as you are. All He desires from us is a willing heart, one that will openly invite Him to come into our lives and allow Him to be guide of all that we say and do.