Gravity of Grace Note: Today marks a very important milestone in my journey with Jesus. Exactly three years ago, I felt born again, again, after years and years of addiction to a religion of self effort, works, condemnation, shame, guilt and sin consciousness. Have the liberty to check my encounter with Jesus, at the ABOUT page on gravity of grace, for more details. I celebrate the loveliness of Christ Jesus with you in mind; for who God is and all that He has done through Christ Jesus…giving humanity a platform, to share in the influence of His grace. Nate Pyle inspirational post, is my grace birthday to you. May you experience the goodness and mercies of God through this life terrain, as you walk with Jesus, the lover of your soul. Lots of love from me to you! – McDaniels Gyamfi
Shame is, perhaps, the greatest isolating force there is; keeping grace an unattainable arm’s length away from those needing it most.
I’ve noticed how Jesus never shamed those who knew all too well the pain of shame. Jesus called the prostitute – she who was used and shamed by the same people – daughter. To the woman who had five husbands, he offered living water. To the man born blind – who was shamed and whose parents were shamed for some unknown sin because their son was born blind – Jesus lifted up saying his blindness was for the glory of God.
When the rich young man walked away, Jesus did not shame him. Jesus did not shame Peter for his denial, but breathed encouragement over him as he told Peter to feed his sheep. He praised the Samaritan woman. He touched the lepers. He told called the children to himself.
Of so many people, Jesus was not ashamed. And Jesus is not ashamed of you.
You, with the deep down secret of things done in darkness – Jesus is not ashamed of.
You, with the pulsating fear of being found out – Jesus is not ashamed of.
You, who feels ashamed of the perpetration done to you – Jesus is not ashamed of.
You, who is ashamed of the image in the mirror – Jesus is not ashamed of.
You, who have yelled too loud and too inappropriately – Jesus is not ashamed of.
You, who have been cast out by those ashamed of you – Jesus is not ashamed of.
You, who have returned to the addictive cycle again and again – Jesus is not ashamed of.
Me, who feels not good enough – Jesus is not ashamed of.
The Gospel good news shining light on the darkness of shame is that Jesus is not ashamed to call you sister or brother (Hebrews 2:11)