“…And rend your heart and not your garments ” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.
I am contemplating the danger of shame in the life of the Christian.
I am not talking about godly and thorough recognition of our wretched state. That complete understanding of our helplessness to do right things if we don’t have the Lord. That is good. That is wise. It is wise to understand our natural state.
No, I am talking about that “I am so bad that God can’t/won’t forgive me” or “I can’t come to the Lord because I am too bad” or “Maybe He hates me”
That is a lie of the enemy. Anything that takes us away from the Lord, either pleasure or pain, is sinful and in error.
In this case, it is not a godly humility, but a lack of faith of His goodness and mercy and love.
Basically we are telling God “You are incapable.”
We are glorifying the power of our sin over the power of our Father Who loves us.
If we had any hope or faith in the love of God, we would run TO Him, not away from Him.
So let us gather up our sins into our hands and walk TO the Lord, not away from Him. Let us hold our sins up to Him in godly repentance, then marvel as the Blood of the Lamb washes us clean, and drink in the goodness of the love of God.
Then we will glorify Him and, full of joy and peace, eagerly encourage and exhort the lost to seek the One Who loves them.