Fresh Hope – 30th July 2019

The first thing that Adam and Eve did when they sinned was cover up. Why? Because they were suddenly riddled with SHAME.

‘At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves’ (Genesis 3:7).

Shame causes you to hide. Adam and Eve didn’t want to be exposed, and so hid. In their state of shame, they masked up any vulnerabilities. Shame will tell you, you can never be fully loved, if you’re never fully seen and known.

You see, before that, they enjoyed perfect relationship and connection with God. Suddenly that was broken by sin. They didn’t feel worthy any more.

Today, shame has the same effect on us. It causes us to disconnect and hide away from God and healthy people.  Shame is the deep sense that ‘I am not worthy’.  We don’t want our vulnerabilities to be exposed, so we hide away from the very voices that we should be opening up to. Shame isolates you and tells you, you are the only one going through whatever you are feeling. Shame is the community killer. If you are not being known, then it is because you have shame.  

You beat shame with vulnerability. Become good at exposing the very thing you want to hide.

The problem with hiding from people though is that you and your sin are often left in the darkness. And like mould, sin and shame grows in darkness. You need the light of truth to destroy the festering mould.

We must grow in becoming more vulnerable with the right people. We must actively seek out the wisdom and truth of others, even when we feel ashamed of ourselves, in fact, all the more when we feel stuck in shame. Press into vulnerability!

Vulnerability is pulling down the mask, the fig leaf, and inviting the right people into the good, the bad and the ugly of your life. It is inviting their wisdom, truth and light into your darkness, bringing you into freedom!

Emma Burchell

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