"Joy is a hallmark of one who is free from shame. Jesus comes to bring joy as He removes your garments of shame and gives you a royal headdress instead. In place of shame, He gives honor, beauty, joy, comfort, justice, favor, and freedom-what our hearts long for most when shame rules our emotions, thoughts, and desires." Reference to Isaiah 61:1-2,7
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;
therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;
they shall have everlasting joy.
This is a book to give to those that are struggling, in the midst of pain/suffering, or have recently come out of the trenches. A great read for anybody who wants to understand more about struggles we all face, share the gospel and what Jesus did for us. We are all broken and sinners, none of us perfect and so why we need a Savior. I am thankful for authors like Heather Davis Nelson who write books like this. I can't imagine it is an easy to write about shame and how it affects us. What she shares is real stories of being shamed or causing shame to others and how we are to live and bring glory to God. After each chapter are discussion questions to review and help you to dig deeper, along with Biblical scripture throughout. She helps to see what we are here for, to bring God glory and just like the apostle Paul did, he suffered for Christ, but he was always full of HIS joy and he shared his struggles so that we can be encouraged and in return come along someone else. So like Paul, we too have the hope and can live unashamed and free because of Jesus Christ! So let's embrace our imperfectness and let Christ clothe us in righteousness so that we can be brave, love and serve others for which we are created for even when it is hard.
"Your sin is forgiven, yes and amen, and how we need this daily! But JESUS came to do even more than give you a blank slate. In union with Christ by faith, honor is part of your past and your future. Beauty rather than ashes, joy instead of despair. You are a new person - not merely an ex-sinner but a redeemed saint. Do you doubt this?" Jesus Christ bore our sin, guilt, shame, so that we know and have forgiveness, redemption and freedom!!
The author of Unashamed, is writing a 10-part series on shame at her blog, which is so encouraging. You can find the series here https://heatherdavisnelson.com/category/stories-of-shame/
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