If you had the opportunity to sit with Christ like Rag Doll did, face to face, would you?
What would keep you from visiting with Jesus in this way? Your sin perhaps? Or shame?
Let’s look up the word shame and see its meaning. If it’s going to keep you from the presence of Christ we should know exactly what it signifies.
Shame means: disgrace, which is the absence of grace… to reduce in worth.
Shame then diminishes your worth, it actually decreases it and it contains no grace at all.
As I write this my heart is so heavy, as I know many people live in shame and when I see what it truly means, it brings me to tears; for it is opposed to all of what Christ embodies. Jesus is, if you will, the personification of Grace, and shame asserts that there is no grace at all, so shame in essence, rejects Christ and all he has done for humanity.
So, please know that this is not just a feeling you wrestle with, it has deep connotations.
It is a serious matter and we know where that perversion comes from and the wickedness it’s cloaked in; I urge you to denounce your shame, forever. It does not belong in your soul as it is reducing your worth in Christ. It is not something to dispute or challenge; shame is not to be a part of the Believers life. Remember it is the absence of grace, you must choose Christ over shame.
When we struggle with such things it shows our inability to comprehend the love God has for us. We are instructed continually to concentrate on our love for him, which is great, but deception resides in our ignorance of Christ’s devotion to us. We then spend our lives living out of performance because of it. That is, we base God’s love on our behavior instead of the immensity of his grace. We erroneously think that we must do things to get God to love us, instead of because he loves us.
This type of deceit drives you to believe God has withdrawn his love from you when you sin and that you must somehow earn it back. Your worth then tumbles because it’s based on your actions and not God’s infinite love for you. This causes distrust in your heart for God and then you begin to disbelieve who he says he is and what he says he’ll do for you.
If I could do one thing it would be to help you comprehend how much you are cherished by Jesus. I want you to encounter Christ, face to face, like Rag Doll did; without shame, for we know it’s absent of grace, and also without condemnation, for it is a forerunner of shame.
Let’s take a closer look at the word condemn.
Condemn means: to declare guilty or unfit, convict and find fault, to provide evidence or proof of unworthiness.
It is not a coincidence that these words attack our worth. When we feel condemned for ours sins as Christians, we are being deceived by Satan into thinking that there is some sort of evidence of our unworthiness. There is no proof or evidence, that is a lie, because we know that Christ has obliterated, yes eliminated it completely, with his death and resurrection! There is no one or nothing that can convict or condemn us anymore!
Do you think you can accept this after you lashed out at your husband or kids? Or if you did something deceitful at work? Or hurt a close friend? Please write your thoughts below:
Remember Christ saved us by his death on the cross when we were sinners, so he will still receive us when we come to him seeking forgiveness. You must replace the shame and guilt with the Grace of God.
When Rag Doll entered the Gate she saw Jesus in a very picturesque scene, sitting under the willow tree in the cool shaded grass. It was so inviting, so peaceful and serene. He beckoned her to come and sit with him even though she was filled with shame.
What a beautiful way to encounter Christ, isn’t it? How do you depict Christ as you come to spend time with him?”
Do you sometimes see him with a willing heart ready to offer an overflowing amount of grace and mercy to you? Or does it depend on whether you’ve been good that day?
Do you instead see Christ standing in darkness with a club ready to pummel you for your disobedience? Please be truthful
I pray you don’t see Jesus as apathetic or cruel. The scene in my book is the more accurate way that he awaits you. He is full of compassion and has no condemnation on his lips. Here is how I know this:
Romans 8:1 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Remember there is no guilt, fault finding, conviction and no evidence of our unworthiness as Christians….only Grace! When we seek forgiveness it is graciously bestowed upon us by the blood of Jesus Christ!
God’s grace is eternal, so don’t allow condemnation or shame restrain you from Christ. You have been equipped with the Truth, so use its power to deflect such lies.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless…”
I hope none of us treat the grace of God as meaningless; something to consider irrational or absurd. I am sure we shutter at the thought. But what do are actions reveal? Do they show otherwise?
I’m sorry to say that I have treated God’s grace as meaningless in the past and I am sure most of us have. Let us not act if Christ died for nothing…let us instead secure the grace of God deep within our hearts for it has the power to dispel all shame and condemnation along with many other sins.
Are you ready to allow the Grace of God to have control of your life and the sins of shame and condemnation? Spend time in prayer relinquishing any shame or condemnation in your heart. Replace the lies with the truth of what you now know!
If you would like to purchase my book, A Rag Doll’s Heart, you will find it in my store on this website. Thank you for being a part of the fellowship of women who give courage and strength to one another.