How can feelings of shame be used by God? - Ashamed - TouchPoints

How can feelings of shame be used by God?

1 Peter 4:14, 19If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you . . . So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

The shame we suffer because of our relationship with Christ can become reason for joy when we realize the honor he gives us for following him faithfully.

2 Chronicles 30:15On the fourteenth day of the second month, one month later than usual, the people slaughtered the Passover lamb. This shamed the priests and Levites, so they purified themselves and brought burnt offerings to the Temple of the Lord.

Our shame can lead us back to God when we have wandered away.

2 Thessalonians 3:14Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed.

Titus 2:8Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.

Shame should convict us of our sins and cause us to be reconciled to God. And sometimes the only way we can help others be reconciled to God is to allow them the time to become ashamed enough of their sins that they will want to turn to God.

1 Corinthians 4:14-16I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children. For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you. So I urge you to imitate me.

Words of rebuke can also be loving words of warning. Rebuke may not seem very loving, and it can make us feel ashamed, but if done correctly and taken in the right spirit it can change harmful behavior.

1 Corinthians 6:5I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues?

Being ashamed of wrongful actions sometimes spurs us to take action toward right decisions.