JESUS SAYS, “DON’T BE ASHAMED, I LOVE YOU.”

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“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung said, “Shame is a soul eating emotion.” Indeed, anyone who has experienced shame of any kind can attest to how destructive this emotion is. But strangely enough, it is not the shaming from others that hurt the most. It is the shame that we bring upon ourselves, when we cannot let ourselves go. Perhaps we feel that we let our family and loved ones down; or perhaps we feel that we let ourselves down. Regardless, such self-inflicted shame is the most difficult to deal with and to overcome.

In fact, educator Brené Brown said, “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” And if that happens, the world will tell us that we are truly done for because once we lose our self-belief and hope that we can change, we will never be able to pull ourselves out of that rut.

But beloved child of God, Jesus wants you to know that whatever shame you are feeling now, your Father sees none of that and will have none of that. And even if you are already in that rut because you believe you can never change, Jesus wants you to know that you who put your faith in Jesus will never be put to shame. You do not have to change yourself or the situation. He will.

Here is why.

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

Jesus was bruised for our guilt and iniquities. The chastisement, retribution, reproof, scolding, penalty, penance; however and whichever way you skin that cat, Jesus borne it all for us. So if Jesus has borne it all for us, why are we carrying the guilt ourselves? In fact, because He carried it all for us, He says to us,

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.” Isaiah 54:4

In fact, The Message challenges us to stretch the limits of our imagination because Jesus’ redemption for us is more complete and comprehensive than we can ever imagine.

“Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.
Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.” Isaiah 54:4 [MSG]

Indeed, when we know that we have no more reason to be ashamed, we can step forth with boldness and into the life that Jesus has purposed for us to have when He said,

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Time after time, verse after verse, our Father assures us of His peace and mercy.

“For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:7-10

Beloved, do you realize why we have this eternal covenant of peace and mercy with our Father? Our Father says, that He forsook us for a mere moment. Did He really? Who did He forsake for a mere moment? Who did He hide His face from?

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

The one He forsook was Jesus.

So our Father forsook Jesus, who hung on the cross for our sins and our shame, punished Jesus for our sins, so that now He can righteously say to all of us that with great mercies He will gather us, with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you, for as He has sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so has He sworn that He would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. So why are we still carrying our shame?

Our Father says again later on,

“In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.” Isaiah 54:14-15

And in regard to those who shame you, our Father has this to say,

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17

So fear not, those who come against you. You have been made righteous by our Father and nothing that comes against you will stand.

Our Father also tells us that our reputation has been recovered because,

“For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.” Isaiah 54:5

Women will take better to this allusion. When women marry, who they marry matters. In most cultures, they join their husbands’ family and take on their family name. So marrying someone, whose family is of good repute, matters. And our Father tells us that our Maker is our husband, God Himself is our repute. What reason can there still be that can cause us to feel ashamed?

There was once a young man, whose younger brother left the family. And after a long while, and when he was broke, his brother came back. But instead of reprimanding the boy, his father broke out the fine linen, killed the fatted calf and threw a feast for that ungrateful son. Imagine this young man’s jealousy and shame! Here he was, slaving for his father all this while, and he did not even get to throw a party for his friends, and there his brother was, enjoying the fruits of what must have been partly his labor as well. Imagine how the younger brother will now lord it over him because he got it all, whilst this young man had nothing.

So he stormed out of his brother’s party and sulked. And his father came out to plead with him and this was what they said,

“Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!”
His father said, “Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours” Luke 15:29-31 [MSG]
Beloved, Jesus, out of His love for you, bore your sins and your shame. If we do not realize just how much that means, then we are just like the older brother. Perhaps we are ashamed that we do not seem to be getting as much as our ‘younger brothers’. Or perhaps we are made to feel ashamed that our Father seems to be loving our ‘younger brothers’ more than us and so therefore there must be something wrong with us. But beloved, we who are always with our Father have it all. So stop feeling ashamed and start staking your claim.

When troubles come, when shame rears its ugly head, let us echo the words of Micah and say,

“Therefore I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
My God will hear me.” Micah 7:7

And our Father will surely respond,

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed.”

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