I feel like shame is a bigger problem than most people realize. Shame is traditionally defined as, “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.”
Many of you are carrying around shame right now, shame over something you did or thought or something someone else did to you. Shame will wreck your whole life. It is like a cancer, it starts small but, it will take root. The root of shame is bitterness and if you don’t treat it, it will take you out.
“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled…” Hebrews 12:15
This Friday is the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. On the day Christ died, something else died too. On that day, Christ took with him all of our sin meaning also, our shame, guilt and condemnation, our lack of self-worth, our painful thoughts, our lustful eyes, our bend towards revenge and self-seeking tendencies. He took it all with him when he died, ALL OF IT.
Think about that.
All of your sin, all of your shame, all of your guilt, all of your everything that breaks your heart a thousand times over, Jesus took it with him and to the grave it went.
“It is finished.”
Why then, are you still carrying it around? Do you realize what that means? You’re saying his death wasn’t enough. My friends, it’s time to let some things go. Christ took all of your everything and it was finished, he then rose again, it’s time for you to rise again.
It’s time to rise up with new life.
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
This blog has always been primarily directed towards women, women who have been through a lot. Most of us who have been through a lot carry a lot too and it’s time to lay that down. Let it be buried with Christ and then, let yourself rise again with new life. That is what Christ died to give you.
Need some practical help? Here you go:
- Pray about it.
- Write what you’ve been carrying on a piece of paper.
- On Friday, bury the paper, burn it, tear it up, whatever.
- PRAISE GOD for taking it with him to the grave! YOU ARE FREE!
C’mon, I dare you.
Then, on Sunday, celebrate like you have never celebrated before because not only has Christ risen again but YOU, my friend, YOU have also risen again with new life, a new creation in Christ.
Bury the shame, my friends, and watch as joy, peace, love, kindness, mercy and all of those things spring up in YOU!
IT IS FINISHED!
Sarah Ann is an author, speaker and media personality committed to honesty, vulnerability and authenticity. She has a passion for empowering people who are willing to be honest and walk out life in Christ together, no masks and no curtains. Sarah holds a Masters in Theology and Apologetics, she also owns a clothing company, Ascent516.com, she is creator of SarahAnnSpeaks.com and the Sarah Ann Speaks Podcast and is featured daily on GEB TV.