Re: Verse reading–Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25 (day one)

“Shame is the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging”–Brene Brown.

“I want to drag knives over my skin, just to feel something other than shame, but I’m not even brave enough for that.”–Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train.

Long wait before we saw it again.  Adam and Eve had it.  (Then lost it.)  They weren’t embarrassed by who they were.  Felt no need to hide, or pretend, or fantasize, or envy. They were unashamed.

After a long winter, this sweet spring came again.  In Christ, people began to discover that they were “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6)  Ordinary people began to say, “I am not ashamed of the gospel” (Romans 1:16).  The reason?  The gospel led them to Christ in whom they received a “righteousness from God through faith”.  And the shame evaporated!

Great gift!  Great gospel!  Great God!  You don’t have to be ashamed anymore.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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