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LOVE COVERS SHAME

LOVE COVERS SHAME

By Carolyn Dale Newell

knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV

Eve was unashamed of her nakedness until sin entered the picture. In Hosea, Gomer stood exposed and embarrassed on the slave block. The woman taken in adultery (John 8:3-11) could not lift her head as she stood trembling before Jesus. Sin breeds shame.

But, our human flaws can leave us wishing the floor would swallow us up. It wasn’t Elijah’s finer moment when he ran and hid from Jezebel. A barren woman, such as Hannah or Elizabeth, was sorely looked upon in their day. And Peter inserted his foot into his mouth more times than he wanted to recall.

Scanning the years, I see shame in my sin, as well as those foot-in-the-mouth moments. But I spent many years unsuccessfully trying to hide a visual impairment which embarrassed me.

Name-calling and few friends exasperated the problem. Until one day, I had to use the tools which could help me or become a hermit. By that point, I was in my late forties, and I didn’t really care what people thought.

Do you ever experience regret? Just like Eve, Gomer, Peter or me? shame exposes us. It makes us feel vulnerable, but Jesus brought good news. Love covers what shame uncovers.

As her accusers stood ready to pick up stones to throw at this nameless woman in John’s gospel, Jesus stooped and wrote in the sand. Nobody knows what He wrote, but the same hand that wrote in the sand was the same hand that took the nails for this sinful, shameful lady. The same hand that took the nails for us.

Maybe the word in the sand was “redeemed.” Bought at a price.

Hosea bought Gomer back for a price equal to Thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. The same price Jesus was betrayed for. But we have been purchased with something more valuable than precious metals. We were bought with precious blood. The blood of Christ covers our sin. His love covers our nakedness.

Friend, Jesus doesn’t want you to continue living ashamed. If the matter is sin, Jesus will forgive. Jesus saves. Seek Him and repent.

If your shame arises from your humanness or something beyond your control, look into the mirror of Christ. See the you Christ sees. The masterpiece worth dying for (Eph. 2:10).

Lord Jesus, I leave my shame at the foot of the cross. Thank You for bearing it along with my sin. I want to know You as Savior and Lord of my life. Help me see myself through Your eyes. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 8:3-11.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What creates your feelings of shame? Pray about it. If it is sin, are you ready to repent? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? What human flaws or things beyond your control cause you to be ashamed? Commit these to prayer until you truly see the you God sees.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Joseph Forgives

 

 

 

JOSEPH FORGIVES

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

“Now therefore, do not be afraid

, I will provide for you and your little ones.”

And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Gen. 50:21 (NKJV)

 

Joseph spoke these words to his brothers after the death of their father, Jacob. His brothers were afraid that Joseph would harm them now that their father was gone. Joseph was Egypt’s second in command after Pharaoh, and he had the authority to execute his brothers.

 

Genesis 37 tells the story of the hatred that Joseph’s brothers had for him. All of them except Benjamin had plotted to kill him. Instead they sold their own brother to some Ishmaelite’s who took him to Egypt. Joseph was seventeen when he was ripped away from the father who loved him dearly.

 

A famine sent the brothers to Egypt searching for food. Unable to recognize Joseph, his brothers were astonished when he revealed himself to them. He assured them that he was not seeking vengeance. He knew that God had brought him there to preserve life (Gen. 45:3-5).

 

Joseph not only forgave his brothers, but he provided for them. Isn’t that what God did for us? He forgave us so much, how can we be disobedient and refuse to forgive others? Unforgiveness is a poison used by Satan. Bitterness grows and we do not exhibit the fruits of love, joy, peace and mercy.

 

In Ephesians 4:31-32, we are commanded: “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

 

Has someone hurt you or betrayed you? Follow the Christ-like example of Joseph. You are never more like God than when you forgive.

 

Father,

You have forgiven us so much. Help us forgive others. Cleanse us of any root of bitterness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read Gen. 37:1-35.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

If you were Joseph, would you be able to forgive the brothers like he did? God has forgiven you so much more. Who do you need to forgive today?

 

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.