i’ve been learning a lot about what the bible has to say about shame, and its contrast with guilt. there’s so much richness in this contrast i can’t possibly cover even a small portion of it. the main thing that i have learned is this: as humans, we deserve shame. we live in a world governed by karma, and therefore the shameful acts we commit merit shame. but our world has been interrupted by grace, and God’s grace has taken on our shame. God embodies glory, which is the opposite of shame. however, as john piper says:
“the wisdom of God, has ordained a way for the love of God to deliver us from the wrath of God without compromising the justice of God.”
(justice is another exciting topic for another day)
humans were not created as shameful beings. in genesis 2:25, it says: “the man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”
but once sin entered the world, it stands to reason that shame did as well. as early as deuteronomy 32:5, God identifies us as deserving shame.
but God created a way out for us in his infinite shame. a way out that we focus on and celebrate this week especially.
hebrews 12:2 says: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”
Jesus scorned the shame of the cross, and invites us to do the same through his sacrifice. he even invites us to glory- grace abounding.
2 corinthians 4:16-18 says: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
enjoy the glory you’ve been gifted with today, and allow Christ to take your shame. happy holy week.