I suppose you have noticed that we have not quoted scriptures this month to accompany our devotionals. For the month’s remainder, I’d like to spend time giving you a few scriptural examples that I believe set the tone that we have tried to create in this series. I pray these verses will guide us as we take time to meditate on their meaning, and perhaps even more important – help us hear God’s heartbeat.
Here’s a verse that can sound awfully shaming. And with our newfound perspective on shame as neither right nor wrong, but possibly inspirational and motivating…try to read it as such:
9 So what are we saying? Are we better off? Not at all. We have already stated the charge: both Jews and Greeks are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written, There is no righteous person, not even one. 11 There is no one who understands. There is no one who looks for God. 12 They all turned away. They have become worthless together. There is no one who shows kindness. There is not even one. 13 Their throat is a grave that has been opened. They are deceitful with their tongues, and the poison of vipers is under their lips. 14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are quick to shed blood; 18 There is no fear of God in their view of the world. 19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, in order to shut every mouth and make it so the whole world has to answer to God. 20 It follows that no human being will be treated as righteous in his presence by doing what the Law says, because the knowledge of sin comes through the Law. Romans 3:9-20 CEB
We are all under the power of sin. Too judgy? Too shaming? Or true? If true, then there is now no reason to judge others, after all, we are all bozos on the same bus. We are all in heaps of trouble unless God gets down here and saves, heals and restores us. Maybe our shame over this can inspire us, so long as it does not overwhelm us. To be continued…