Not ashamed

Re: Verse reading–Romans 1:1–17 (day one)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel.”–v 16.

Do you know what shame feels like?  I do.  Hesitant to say what you think or feel.  Worried what people will think. Anxious. Inhibited.

The Bible says that a new sense of self, a new confidence comes to people who are in Christ!  On the day of Pentecost, as an effect of being filled with the Holy Ghost, the disciples experienced a confidence they had never dreamed of. (Acts 3:13) God intends this same boldness for us.

In Romans 1, Paul uses a powerful word.  Aischuno meant deformed.  Epi-aischuno (literally “upon the deformed”)  referred to feelings common to people with handicaps, feelings of being inadequate or incapable.

I DON’T feel that, says Paul.  Not any more.  I am competent in Christ!  God loves me and has given me His powerful message.  I am NOT ASHAMED!

Do you know this Christ-confidence, this release from fear?  You can.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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