She sat in front of me. Forlorn. Repentant. Ashamed.
I looked at her cute little black and white face and her tail all tucked between her legs.
I wrote out what she’d done, took a picture and posted it on my Facebook page for all to see. I got a few laughs, people commented on how funny and sweet she was. My favourite comment was when someone informed me this had probably happened before and it was only the first time I’d ever caught her in the act. Gross.
But it got me thinking about shame. How we remind ourselves over and over about the things we’ve done. The things we don’t want to remember. You know what I’m talking about. The bad things.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we drag up our past and go through it, cataloguing our failures, tallying up our shortcomings, listing every mistake, every error?
It’s pretty simple, really. We’ve all got hearts that condemn.
I get that God has removed my transgressions as far as the east is from the west but…
Yeah, He’s faithful and just to forgive me but…
I know He said my sins, scarlet and bloody, have been made white as snow but…
Those are some pretty big buts.
Thank God there’s a bigger and better one.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 NKJV (emphasis added)
I love that! God didn’t just tell us we’re forgiven. He tells us His plan from the beginning was not to condemn but to save.
And just in case we still don’t get it (I don’t know about you but I can be a slow learner) He tells us again. And this time it’s not just for the general world, cosmos, universe. It’s for me! It’s for you!
“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” 1 John 3:20 & 21 NKJV
So walk forward, Beloved (hey, not my word! God’s!)
Walk forward in confidence.
There’s no shame, no condemnation.
Just our Saviour.