Are you haunted with the nagging sense that you were made for more than your normal experience? That there is some purpose, some meaning whose shadowy presence constantly eludes you? I believe the sad story of Eve unravels much of the mystery that plagues our existence. Eve was created to be a queen, to rule with her husband Adam (Genesis 1:28). Her life had purpose, and meaning. All of creation was to submit to their authority.Continue Reading
Have you been embarrassed recently? It can be uncomfortable. Sometimes, in hindsight, the experience can amuse us. However, there are types of embarrassments and humiliations that don’t bring us amusement, but rather destructive feelings and attitudes. It’s the humiliation and guilt that produces lingering shame.
At Lighthouse, we often work with dear people carrying hindering shame from experiences where they have either been wronged or done wrong. We see how shame will weigh a person down and interfere with personal growth, hope and joy. How can we deal with the lingering enemy of shame?
1. Remove it.
“Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (Psalm 34:5) I have some friends who are skilled in removing certain things. My mechanic removed my truck’s broken timing belt. My surgeon removed a pre-cancerous mole. But, far better, my Savior removed my shame!
God has the desire and capability to remove the wrong from me that brought the shame. He also replaces the wrong and the shame with His righteousness. Jesus Christ removes our shame if we look to Him to do it. Personal achievements, flattering relationships or consuming activities don’t remove our shame. They just cover it up.
2. Refuse it.
“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.” (Hebrews 12:2) There are some people and somethings that are hard to shake away from and shame is one of them. The memories and the feeling from shame can be intimidating.
A friend and I ran into a couple of former acquaintances whom we had known during a painful and humiliating time in my life. Continue Reading