Most of us have heard the jingle, “Rain rain go away, come again another day”. And most of us have had these words playing in our minds in some form, “Shame shame go away, don’t ever come back, not any day.” Yet our shame keeps coming back, day after day after day.
Shame is the self-disgust, self-hatred, and self-condemnation we feel toward ourselves for something we have done that we wish we would have never done. In regret, we say demeaning words to ourselves such as,
“I am so dumb.”
“I am so stupid.
Words are powerful. According to Proverbs, our words bring
life or death, hurt or healing. The prodigal’s father understood the power of
words. When the prodigal son returned home bruised and broken by sin, his
father spoke the powerful healing words of grace to him.
“Quick! Bring the best
robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring
the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son
of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found
The prodigal son left
home with the inheritance his father had given him. While away from home, he
wasted this money on wild living. Eventually, his money ran out, leaving him
only with guilt. After being gone for long time, after his money ran out, after
guilt had set in, he decided to come home. And, even though the prodigal son
had been gone for such a long time, spending this time in wild living, his
father moved quickly in grace to remove his guilt.“Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him
When we have sinned greatly, we feel we to have work ourselves back into a right standing with God through good works, obedient behavior, or a commitment to religious rules and standards. Our belief is through good works, obedient behavior, or faithful commitment to a religious system, we will gain God's acceptance that was lost when we sinned. However, the Bible teaches us that acceptance with God is never based upon the amount of sin in our lives or good works, obedience, or faithfulness to a religious system after we sin, but upon his abundant and amazing grace.