It’s Friday and time for Five Minute Friday again. Kate Motaung has prompted us with the word “Truth.” I could go so many ways with this, but right now there is only one I want to talk about.
The Truth of who I am.
I’ve written briefly on shame for the past week or so. It is something I am thinking about – thinking about a lot actually.
I think about how my shame keeps me from trying new things.
I think about how shame keeps me from receiving love.
I think about how shame has forced me to work harder than others – and then how it has inspired me to quit.
I think about how shame taught me that I was unacceptable to God. That because Jesus died, I should be ashamed of my behavior.
Like I wrote last week, shame is a liar. The Father of Lies speaks shame into our hearts to keep us from the truth in order to keep us from being God’s presence in the world.
Because Christians who are confident in Christ light up the world.
I am tempted to believe that I am what I see in the mirror.
I am tempted to believe that I am what I do.
But God says I am His child.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are!
1 John 3:1
Think of how a parent loves her kids. Mine may make me bang my head against the wall one moment, but if they need me I am a mushy puddle right there for them. I will snuggle all day long if they want. I love them so much it hurts.
I see the best and worst in them and love them.
Shame tells us to reject ourselves.
Love says you are accepted.
When Jesus hung on the cross, it was not because he was angry or so we would be ashamed of our sin, but because he loved us. Why that is not taught more often I will never understand. It should all come back to that. We sinned and could not be separated by our sins apart from an act of God.
The cross is that act.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
That’s who I am.
That’s who I am.
That’s the truth of who I am.
Who are you?