Shame is a killer. It paralyzes us spiritually, haunts us emotionally, and can even wreck havoc with us physically. But God! The movement of God into our life is no half-measure or band-aid. While shame is a killer, God sent Jesus to deal a fatal blow to the shame we carry. If you listen closely to the voice of God, you can detect God's contempt for the shame that has weighed us down. Yes, shame is a killer, but Jesus came, died, and rose again to liberate his children from the taunting/debilitating voices of shame.
When drowning in shame we just need to start sipping on this truth:
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
That's it! The most profound, and often most under leveraged truth, is that God not only forgives us, he cleanses us. Let's take God as his word. The sticky residue of sin is shame, and God takes up a holy fire hose to wash it away. So listen to God closely and you'll hear him say: "I flushed it. All the shame of sin has been taken care of. Don't even let memories shame you another day. I flushed it all." So start sipping and then gulping. Shame is no match for the fire hose of God.
So we have to deal with another little matter. Some shame isn't a result of our sin, but we can get seared and branded with shame from something or someone else. Shame can be burned into us from a sharp tongue. Shame can can even brand us from an unsafe home, foolish "friends" or any memory that has etched a place in our inner man. Shame tries to deny us our birthright. Shame longs for us to never really understand who we are in Christ and how God sees us. But God wants to clean that up as well and he even re-branded us. How clear is this? "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." That's it. You've been branded as God's kid. It's settled so settle into your new identity, today.
I John 1:9