Daniel 9:7 (NIV)
Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame.
A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not;” but later he changed his mind and went.
Our recent Easter Cardboard Testimony video is a tribute to God’s grace and redemptive power. One after another, people reveal past struggles, difficulties, and sins, and then show how they are able to face the shame because of God’s mercy, love, forgiveness, and life-changing grace. Shame is a powerful emotion, a spiritual cancer, and a first move of Adam and Eve after their sin in the very beginning.
Some would say we should avoid shame at all costs. “Don’t shame on yourself,” they advise. But on some level shame is a most appropriate response to sin and disobedience. If we rebel against God’s will and disobey his commandments we certainly ought not do it unashamedly!
Indeed, the remedy for shame is not bluster. It is not an I’ll do it my way attitude that ignores God’s commandments, and denies sin and guilt. The grace and love of God is the remedy for shame. God’s grace and love is completely unconditional; and yet always upheld by the truth.
God doesn’t pretend that we’ve done nothing wrong, or that we have not sinned, or that we are not broken. Rather, he reaches into the hearts of broken people and redeems them, lifts them up, and gives them a new hope. Jesus shows this perfectly: he never denied anyone’s sins; he loved sinners, and more than once said, “Go and sin no more.”
Repentant hearts will discover the beauty of God’s grace and the power of his redeeming love. Those who are covered in shame will find the covering of Jesus’ righteousness to be a glorious new wardrobe.