June 17 Shame

scripture reading: John 3:14–19
key verse: John 3:17

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

God doesn’t want you battling with feelings of shame. He has given you His Holy Spirit as a seal of your transformation from death (sin) to a new life (saved, sanctified, and cleansed) in Jesus Christ.

When temptations come and you yield to sin, feelings of shame are sure to follow. Your conscience springs to action any time it is violated. That is one way you know what you have done is not in line with God’s will for your life.

There is only one way to handle shame: take it immediately to Jesus Christ. Ask Him to show you what you have done, if anything, and to help you obey His leading in confession and submission to His Word.

As a believer you stand forgiven before His throne. However, there will be times when you make wrong choices, and then you need to be willing to admit the mistakes. Never forget: God’s forgiveness was applied to your life at the cross when Christ died for your sins past, present, and future.

When you have Jesus, you need never allow guilt or shame to dominate your life. He accepts you just the way you are. You cannot disappoint Someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same. This is God’s love for you.

Lord, reveal the source of my shame so that I can deal with it. Thank You that You know all about me and love me just the same.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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