Is there a way to live with no shame? The answer is yes. Shame may seem impossible to run from but it can be removed through Jesus. You can leave shame behind.
Shame tells us to hide, but Jesus tells us to confess our shame because in our confession He takes away our shame.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Jesus is able to take away all our shame, but the condition is we must first confess our sins. Unless our sins are brought up into the light, we will never walk in freedom. We will be stuck in the shame of darkness.
The more we hide in shame, the more tormented we will become. Your shame doesn’t have to get between you and God as long as you confess and run towards Him. God is not ashamed of what you’ve done but has been longing for you to turn around and come back to Him.
Though the prodigal son went off with His father’s inheritance and lived recklessly, his father was waiting with loving arms when he came back home. The father says in Luke 15:24, “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found…” The father still claims the prodigal as His son. ⠀
Just as the father claimed his son, Jesus also claims you as His own.
Like any loving father, Jesus would never reject His beloved ones. Don’t let shame stop you from coming back to Jesus. Shame isn’t a thing in His eyes to those who turn their lives around. He has covered our sins with His precious blood and has forgotten everything we have done.
Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.“
Acknowledging our sin and running back to Jesus is the first step to walking the restored life as a child of God. The next step is to walk in His ways and sin no more (Hebrews 10:26).
In the story of the Prodigal son, the father had two sons. One was the prodigal who left the home and the other was the faithful son who stayed at home and did not live recklessly. The faithful son was jealous that the prodigal son was celebrated more than he was, but the father said to the faithful son, “…you are always with me, and everything I have is yours” (Luke 15:31).
We now have the opportunity to turn our lives around and inherit every blessing that He has for us as His child – peace, joy, love, prosperity, and eternal life. Jesus celebrates when we come back to Him and aligns us to inherit what we were destined for as His child.
Will you confess your shame to Jesus and turn your life back to Him? Now is the time that God is calling His prodigals back. He longs to pour out His love over every wound in your heart. He longs to see you become who He created you to be. You belong to Him and now is your opportunity to let go of shame and walk into His light. So remember, leave shame behind.
Listen to our Podcast “Leaving Shame Behind” to hear Gabrielle Santiago’s own journey of leaving shame behind.
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