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The Gift of Shame (January 2017)

Indifference grows when we sin, feel ashamed, and then blow off the shame. If we think, “I can get away with it,” then we won’t repent. In grief, the Holy Spirit will leave us, and all that will be left is a shell of religion. The child who regularly steals a chocolate and reasons that it’s right is in the same shameless, indifferent condition as King David who, without a twinge of conscience, blew off the shame of adultery and then killed a man. The only difference in the two cases is in degree. The commonness of this phenomenon and the ease with which it occurs should greatly alarm us. Precious one, have you resisted the cry of your conscience until it ceased, and then figured that everything was okay? If this is your case, do not sleep until you’ve gotten clear with Jesus!

The Gift of Shame (2 Samuel 11)

King David saw the love of God and yet believed that he could get away with adultery and murder. The resounding effects of his sin continued for years until God finally worked it through David’s soul: “Should I win the favor of Yahweh, He will bring me back…but should He say, I take no pleasure in you, then here I am, let Him deal with me as He likes” (2 Samuel 15:25-27).

Will you let God show you the full enormity of your crimes? If you allow God to take you to this great place of crushing, God’s promise is that He will be close to you: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalms 51:17).