Shame affects us in so many ways in our day to day life. Did you know that North Americans today are the most obese, in debt and medicated generation that has ever existed? There’s strong evidence that this way of life comes from shame.
How you deal with shame and your ability to be vulnerable doesn’t save you or help you score points with God. And yet, not dealing with shame and your ability to be vulnerable could get you lost. Consider 1 John 2:28:
[ Living as Children of God ] And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.
If shame is still controlling you when Jesus returns – even though he is returning for you to take you home – what will you do? Shrink back. That’s not a good thing. Keep working it back – if you’re controlled by shame, are you in fellowship with Christ? It would seem not.
Embracing Christ Jesus when he returns is the most important reason why your shame needs to be healed in the here and now.