In whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 1 John 3:20 NASB
Two Midwest gals and a Southerner, all transplanted in San Diego at or about the same time, meet in Bible study and become fast friends. Me, the gal from the South, was quickly drawn to their beautiful Midwest accents, loud laughter, and how they loved to talk over each other! I learned quickly that if I was going to be part of the conversation I had to jump right in.
Some of my most precious memories with these gals were our heart-to-heart conversations sitting around a fire pit on those cool desert evenings. I had never had friends who were so real and honest about who they were--their hurts, their past, and their struggles. They weren’t pretending to be someone else because they knew who they were in Christ. Any pretense or shame they felt, they exposed it for what it was, repented and moved on.
I, on the other hand, had learned that you cover things up, and that you don’t share your “dirty laundry” with others. In fact, my cover-up was dressed in this “got it all together” façade, with a pretty Southern bow to top it off.
It was through these friendships that the Holy Spirit began to start breaking down some of the walls I had built, and for once, I was starting to be honest with myself and others. I can’t tell you the weight that was lifted, and the freedom from shame I experienced. Let me repeat – freedom from shame!
I was tired of living and portraying this image of myself that was not completely true. God knows the real me, the me He created. Psalm 103 says that God pardons our iniquities, heals our diseases, redeems our life from the pit, crowns us with loving-kindness and compassion, and satisfies us with good things so that we are renewed like the eagle. God is in the business of renewing His people to walk in His light and not in darkness.
Matt Chandler, in his book Recovering Redemption, says, “The gospel gives it all. Justification to set you free from guilt. Adoption to replace your secret shame. Sanctification for deconstructing your false ideas.”
I’m a work in progress. No more covering up. No more living in shame. My God knows ALL about me and still loves and delights in me!
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Psalm 103, 1 Thessalonians 5:24
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Is it time to finally let God, who knows all things, start the renovation of knocking down the walls of shame?
Dear Father, there is none like You. You who created the heavens and the earth also created me in Your image. Continue to sanctify me, moment to moment, tearing down those walls of shame, and bring healing to my soul. Amen
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