Read: John 8:1-11 SHAME SHAME SHAME! How many of us have felt like the woman with the scarlet letter? Walking down the street with all your stuff just out for everyone to see. In John 8, the woman is ripped from the very act and her sin is put on display for all to see. The Pharisees demanded judgement, but despite her shame, Jesus had compassion and looked past their faults.
"So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first" John 8:7 ESV
We all have sinned but with sin comes shame. Shame can be one of the biggest barriers to becoming who we are. It tells us that our mistakes are too big, too bad, and too much to bear. Shame and guilt play hand in hand to make us feel unworthy of God's love. When I found myself arrested, not only once but twice, I felt so much shame that I closed myself off to being the woman of God I knew I was called to be. When I found myself pregnant outside of marriage, I said that I needed to sit down in the church because of my sin. When found myself in relationship after relationship and in a different mans bed every night, I thought to myself there's no way possible God would ever use a promiscuous woman like me. Shame almost did me in but like with the woman found in John 8, Jesus simply says says "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more" (verse 11 ESV).
Jesus did not come to condemn us but to save us (John 3:17). Shame stunts our growth and moves us away from our purpose. While we believe others judge is for our wrongdoings, God calls us to be saved. It is by His hand that our shame becomes our story and by our testimony, we not only help ourselves to see the light, we help others as well. The world can try to judge us but just remember what Jesus has said.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12 ESV
- What are you most ashamed of?
- How can God use your testimony to impact others?
- What does the light of life mean to you?
Prayer Father, you know my shame. You know every one of my sins. The deepest darkest secrets that I hold are no secrets to you. When the world says I deserve judgement, you step in and show me mercy. Thank you father for your compassion. Forgive me of my sins. I repent and I walk into the light of life. Use my testimony to help others. Take my shame and turn in into healing. For we know you give beauty for ashes. Thank you Lord for dying for my sins and giving me new life daily. Amen.