“We’ve received forgiveness, so are told to let go of SHAME. “
Paul reminds readers in this portion of his letter to the Romans that, through our relationship with God, we receive a new perspective on difficulty, and a new assurance of security and forgiveness.
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
What’s the point?
What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus:
“We’ve received forgiveness, so are told to let go of SHAME“
The hope that we have as God’s precious children is that He does NOT want us to feel any shame. In fact, He cares so deeply about us letting go, of all shame and guilt, that He came and gave up His life so that we may be reconciled to Him.
This Sunday School lesson is so often just repeated without much thought, “Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.”
We’ve GOT to let this phrase sink past just being “sing-song words,” and actually reach down into our hearts as TRUTH!
Jesus died because He doesn’t want you to have to feel guilt or shame anymore.
As we try, on our own, to forgive ourselves and just “get over,” or forget about our past, we continue to fall short. Because we are powerless in our own abilities.
However, it’s when we get on our knees, confess our past, and ask Jesus to take away this burden of shame we’re carrying around … that is when we can live carefree!
What are you still beating yourself up about?
Ask Jesus to help you make right what you may still need to, but then forgive yourself, and move on – filled with His love.
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.
We are committing to establishing a habit of prayer over the course of this study. For further information check out The Steam section of Day 1’s post.
So …. How’s your prayer time going? Do you need or want to make any changes?
I’d love to hear from you!
If you’re looking for further ideas, advice, or want to share your journey please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!