In all of your getting, get understanding. This sums up the motive and objective of these last few posts. I strongly desire for you to get a clearer understanding of God's amazing grace. Let's take another journey to discover how much more beautiful this gift of grace is.
Understand grace: freedom from shame
This passage references shame three times. In the original Hebrew there are three different words that are translated as ashamed or shame in this verse. Each of these have a distinct and significant meaning. The word translated ashamed means to be put to shame. To be disappointed because of your shame, to feel shame. In other words shame says your disqualified.
The next word translated as shame carries the idea of being detected. To literally blush. To bring reproach. In other words your mess ups and foul ups are plain for all to see. Therefore, you hide your face from people. You live with regret.
The last word translated shame carries an interesting meaning. It means the feelings and condition of shame. It also means the cause of shame. This idea includes our memories and the actions that cause us to experience shame.
God and His grace removes disappointments and qualifies us. He causes us to lift up our heads even when we miss it. His grace removes the source of our shame. Grace frees us from past regrets. To summarize, He washed us clean and our actions don't get to determine who we are. The blood of Jesus and the judgment of our Father is where our identity is founded upon. He judged us not guilty. He declared us righteous. The blood of Jesus is the shame remover.
Understanding Grace: freedom from all fear
When you receive the Lord, you receive the free gift of His righteousness. It is the great exchange. He took our sin and old life and gave us His righteousness and new life. In this right standing with our Father fear and oppression have no right to us.
This is wonderfully good news. His perfect love for you means fear has no place in you. His perfect love removes all torment and oppression and fear. When fear says to your mind God will abandon you for this reason or that you just rest in the truth. Remind yourself, He loves me and will never leave me or forsake me.
Religion and tradition and Covenant mixing preachers, preach an uncertain future, a conditional salvation and performance based relationship with God. Grace, on the other hand, teaches us how much our Father loves and cares for us. His love removes all fears from us. His love has gone before us. His favor has made a way for us. Resting in the finished work, we relax with God knowing all shame and fear is done away in Christ. Our best days are ahead of us. Rejoice in His grace, what an amazing gift.