No More Shame
Sometimes we put on masks to distract unwanted attention of shame. We hide our bad habits and guilt from the people in this world. We become masters at it, so much that we start wearing the mask constantly, deflecting any and all unwanted attention and we present ourselves to the world as different than we truly are.
It becomes a cycle, a bad habit of covering the shame in our lives with a mask that hides our fears, worries, and anxieties. We hide behind our shame and don't show it to the world, and then we think we can hide it from God. When it doesn't work to hide the shame from God, often we RUN from God, out of pure shame. We think, if I can't see Him, there is no way He can see me.
Sometimes we hide because we feel that we are unworthy. We convince ourselves to believe that we are not worthy of being loved or cared for. We weren't the first people to feel this way. Hiding and running away from shame started in the Garden of Eden. However, we weren't designed to feel this way.
"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27
God created us to be like Him. He didn't ever want us to live in shame or fear. He didn't want us to feel the pain of thinking we are a burden and He didn't want us to run into hiding, afraid that people might hate us for who we truly are. He created us with no shame.
"Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame." Genesis 2:25
Why did God make it a point to share with us that Adam and Eve felt no shame? He could have used a variety of other phrases, but he chose to tell us that they didn't feel any shame.
I think God knew that shame would be a common feeling in this world and He wanted us to know that it didn't come from Him. I think God was warning us that shame is something that comes from the devil and God doesn't like when we feel this way. God loves us when we are naked and open to revealing our truths, despite the dark amount of shame we carry inside of us. God doesn't want shameful pasts to run our lives. He wants the true, real version of ourselves.
He wants us to run to Him when we feel shame. He wants us to remove the mask and break free from the chains that are binding us up in our own personal prison. He wants us to run towards Him, run towards the King, the everlasting life. He loves you. Enough to not only love you despite your shame, but enough to break you free from your shame and totally transform your heart. He can release you from all your pain, suffering, and heartache if you let Him.