Updated: Nov 13, 2019
Are you familiar with the story about the woman who was caught in adultery?
If not that is okay, because I am going to share the story with you.
One day when Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, the Pharisees and the teachers of law brought in this woman.
They accused her of adultery and said according to the Laws of Moses she must be stoned. They asked Jesus what does he say.
Then Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger.
As they kept questioning him, he told them, "Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her".
He went back to writing again and then the crowd started to go away. Jesus and the woman was the only ones left standing.
Jesus asked her "Woman where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
She replied, "No one sir". "Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin", Jesus said.
"Then neither do I condemn you".....Unlike the Pharisees and teachers, Jesus did not treat this woman unfairly.
In fact, he showed the crowd that they too were not sinless.
Although the story never elaborated on how the woman felt, I can just imagine how she felt having to stand before a crowd with her sin exposed facing persecution and death.
Was there ever a time in your life where you felt ashamed or regretted something you have done? Hoping and praying no one would find out, because you were worried about condemnation.
I believe we all have and if you have not, kudos to you for being a perfect human.
I used to be ashamed of the past mistakes I made and would use worldly accolades as a mask to try to cover up my insecurities.
My mindset was if I achieve this degree, if I acquire this certain status, no one will have anything to say about me having a child with no wedding ring.
No one will have anything to say about me losing my virginity at 15.
No one will have anything to say about me having one failed relationship after another.
No one will have anything to say about my reckless behaviors.
Shame can make us doubt the person God created us to be. How can I possibly walk in this anointing, when I did all these things?
So instead of embracing the naked truth, we create this false identity. You can never perfect what God created.
I was allowing my shame to create this false self. Just putting on a show so people would be blinded to my faults, my mistakes, my sins.
But one thing I know we can fool man, but we can never fool God.
God is the alpha and the omega...the beginning and the end...which means he knows your middle too.
He knows the innermost part of you. There is nothing you have done or will do, that God does not already know about.
In this woman's case, the people exposed her sin as a way to shame her. But in Christ, the exposing of our sins is not to bring us shame, it's to set us free.
According to the word, those who hold onto God's teachings are his true disciples, not only do they know the truth, but the truth shall set them free.
Intimacy with God will not only reveal the truth about you, but it will show you that you no longer have to live in shame.
"Therefore, there is no
condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through
Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit
who gives life has set you free from
the law of sin and death" Romans 8:1
We are not saved, because of our own doing. We are saved by his grace. We no longer have to live in shame and create fake personas to please the world.
Our past mistakes does not define our present nor predict our future. God does not condemn us, so why are we still condemning ourselves.
Heavenly Father we thank you and honor you. You are worthy to be praised. Lord we bring ourselves humbly at your feet.
Father we ask you to help us be released from shame. Shame is only a device of the enemy to keep us in bondage and to keep us from embracing our true identity, the person you had created us to be.
According to your word, you are the light of the world. Those who follow you will never walk in darkness.
Help us get out of the darkness of shame and walk into your light. Help us see that our past mistakes have already been covered by the blood of Jesus and we longer need to live there.
I thank you so much for your love, your joy, and your peace that transcends all understanding. In Jesus Name I pray.. Amen!