Responding to Shame

2 Chronicles 30:15

“Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the Lord. ”

The priests and the Levites found that they were ashamed and here is their response to that shame.

1. They Sanctified themselves. To sanctify: to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate, to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts. to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding:to sanctify a vow. to entitle to reverence or respect.to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing. So what does it look like in todays world? How do we sanctify ourselves, how do we set ourselves apart? I think the best way to sanctify ourselves is to bind ourselves (mind, body, spirit, soul) to the Lord and then to repent for the things that we have done. In particular, I think that it is extremely important to repent the thing that is bringing us shame and to ask for forgiveness and wisdom in that area of our lives.

When I find myself in shame there is usually an action/behavior or a thought (usually a false truth) that is resulting in shame. By binding my self to the Lord, I break agreement with whatever it is I am believing that is causing the shame. It also brings me into truth and reframes false beliefs.

2. They brought an offering to the house of prayer. I know most think of this as outdated and per Jesus. But here is the truth, an offering is anything you give to the Lord (not just money or lambs) it can be your Time, Energy, Resources, Strength ect:  But how do we relate this to shame? What offering do you bring when shame is in your way? You (i) already feel week, in fight or flight mode, what do we bring? I don’t have a good answer for this…. My biggest offering is my willingness to search out truth regarding shame, bringing whatever that is to the Lord and giving it to Him.

What are you doing?

(DIS)Covering Shame

I am on a journey, as most of you know, to a road of recovery and growth. Complete wholeness is my ultimate goal. I have struggled a long time with shame about things and situations in my life that I could not change and I am only now beginning to uncover those areas and deny shame that hold.

Brene Brown (an author I refer to frequently) has dedicated her life to studying shame and I am a huge fan of her work (please check it out) HOWEVER, I really want to look at how the Lord views shame. What was shame in the bible, who was covered in shame, why were they found in shame, what did they do to get away from shame, ect. So here is my journey DIS (removing) covering of shame.

Genesis 2:25

“Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

This passage comes from the initial creation of humans, man and women. God looked at them and said they were good. They were naked and yet unashamed.

One of the biggest shame triggers in our western culture is surrounding beauty, size and body image. We are constantly shamed by the way we look, be it to overweight, to thin, lacking muscle tone, having too much muscle tone. We all see the adds every day that depict what beauty is and we unconsciously measure ourselves against that level of beauty. When we don’t match up, we shame ourselves. But here is the kicker, we were meant to NOT BE ASHAMED of our bodies!

One of the first things the Lord did was validate our bodies, the beauty and perfection of our bodies, and taught us to not be shamed by them. He loved the human body so much, he allowed his son to take on a human form for all of eternity. HE is clearly NOT ASHAMED of how we look!

Lesson #1 – We were created to enjoy our human body, not be ashamed by them.