Lesson Six: Blushing Before God
Let's review what we have learned of repentance so far. To make it easier, we will use some "S"'s:
Seeing sin for what it is.We have to admit we are in rebellion against God.
Sorrow for what we have done.Once we see who and what we are, it should cause us to mourn before God.
Saying the truth.Once sin has been heavy on our hearts, we should confess it to God.
And a new one for this lesson,
Shame for sin....
Once we see that our hearts are black, our faces should turn red! This is called "holy blushing" or being ashamed of what we have done. In this lesson we want to look at five reasons why we should feel shame for our sin.
1. Sin exposes our true nature.
Adam was never ashamed before God before he sinned. Even though he was naked, he never blushed. But once he disobeyed God he hid from Him. It wasn't so much his nakedness that he wanted to hide from God, but his shame.
There aren't enough fig leaves in the world to cover our sin. We all try many things-good works, legalism, self-righteousness-but nothing but the blood of Jesus will cover our sin and shame before God.
2. Sin exposes our unthankfulness.
If we are honest, we have to admit that we sin against God for no good reason. He doesn't do anything for us to rebel against Him for. If anything, He is patient, loving and gracious towards us. But how do we repay Him for such kindness? We sin and we sin often.
Thus says the LORD: "What injustice have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me?"(Jeremian 2:5b)
We rebel against God because we don't like doing things His way. But His ways are not evil or wrong, in fact there are good and right. So when we continue to sin even though we know better, it shows we are ungrateful for Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf.
3. We put Christ to shame.
Jesus was tortured for us. He was spat upon, mocked, whipped and eventually nailed to a cross. He endured this shame for us because He loved us. Why would we want to continue to shame Him? What reason could we have to treat someone who loved us so much so badly? When we sin we put Christ to shame because we again take His crucifixion and death too lightly.
4. Our sin shows our true love for evil.
When our hearts plan evil and lust, when we decide to sin against a holy God we show not only the evil that is within us but our true love for it. We are shown to be friends with the devil. Shouldn't this cause us great shame to know that we love evil more than good? Don't you feel ashamed when you spend more time doing the devil's work than God's?
5. The sins we commit are worse than those of unbelievers.
Think about this one for a second. When unbelievers sin, they do so because they are dead in their sin and spiritually blind. But when we as Christians continue to sin, we sin against the new life and sight we have been given in Christ. We sin against the prompting of the Holy Spirit which unbelievers never feel. We sin against our Savior who died for us, not for the unbeliever. Perhaps this above all the other reasons should cause great shame.
Read this verse from Jeremiah:
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush.(Jeremiah 6:15)
Are you the type of person who is afraid to admit to your friends that you go to church? Are you to embarrassed to carry a Bible at school? But at the same time, you feel no shame in wanting to do things that you know are against God and His Holy Spirit? Ask God to grant you true repentance that you may begin to feel shame for your sin, and feel it for the right reasons. Remember, the more you are ashamed of your sin right now the less you will be ashamed when Christ returns.
...that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.(Ephesians 5:27)