Apr
18

Are You Enough?

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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed. Genesis 2:25

If you pause long enough to allow those words to penetrate your heart, you might just conclude that they are among some of the most powerful words in the Bible.

God’s original design.

God’s intention.

No shame.

Authenticity.

No hiding.

And yet, we’ve fallen far.

Not just in the area of marriage but in all our relationships.

When’s the last time you faced the monster called shame? My guess is that it was probably not that long ago.

Shame permeates so much of who we believe we are, whether it’s feeling that we are a failure or feeling we’re not good enough or not pretty enough or not tall enough or not smart enough or a million other variations of not being enough.

Brene’ Brown’s defines shame this way:

Shame is the painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.

Truth is, we are flawed. Sin has impacted our lives and our world.

The good news is that Jesus came to redeem us, restore us, and connect us back to the wholeness in which we were originally created to live. We don’t have to settle for living flawed.

1 Peter 2:24 tells us that He bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness- by whose stripes you were healed.

That living for righteousness is the original design. We lost it through sin, but Christ regained it and gives it to us.

The healing by his stripes is more than future healing in heaven, it’s here and now healing. Spiritual healing. Emotional healing. Relational healing. Mental healing. Physical healing. And note that the healing is for you!

God doesn’t want us to live in shame. He wants to heal those painful feelings, those painful experiences.

Because Christ is worthy, he makes us worthy of love and belonging. 

When’s the last time you were with another human and felt completely worthy of love and belonging? When’s the last time you felt at ease with no need to pretend to be anything you were not, with no need to say the right thing or behave a certain way in order for them to like you?

I think some of you are still trying to come up with an answer for that one and yet we were created to be “naked and not ashamed”.

Shame comes from our enemy and disconnects us from others, causes us to hide our true selves just as Adam and Eve did. Shame tells us to pretend that we are someone we are not because the real us is not enough. Shame says, “You are not enough” and then shame takes away our hope of ever being enough.

Whenever shame’s voice comes to you, you must run to the cross to the finished work of Christ and find that you are enough because he is enough and he gives us his righteousness. Above all, value the work of Christ on the cross. Value it above your feelings and experiences. Hold it up as truth and allow it to change what you believe about who you are.

I’m not suggesting that you pretend that you haven’t had painful feelings and experiences, but that you press into Christ for the healing that he died to give you. You don’t have to live with shame!

When you identify the work of shame in your life, go after it with who you are in Christ. Remind the enemy that your life is hidden with God in Christ (Colossians 3:3) and that’s who you really are!

 

 

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Comments

  1. Song says:

    Were you thinking of me when you wrote this? 😛 I do struggle with shame in my relationships. It’s not fair to me, and it’s certainly not fair to them! I’m praying every day that God will show me how to trust others enough to let me be myself!

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