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At least the Bible says something about shame and fear: And we could pray, help us not to be ashamed and afraid any longer. Pour Your love into our heart. "And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:5
I keep going back to the book of Romans, which mentions Abraham having his faith reckoned or "imputed" to him as righteousness. The account of Abraham is in Genesis, where the word "impute" was first used. At the moment his faith was reckoned to him as righteousness, he had not yet been circumcised. He was a "regular guy, a gentile". This fact opens the way for all. The most important lesson I have received about shame and regret is that I can (must) cast them aside, even the shame and regret about today, tomorrow, and every new day. Salvation will never be attained through works, and can never cover my sins. It is only "faith" that God reckons to a person as "righteousness" that blots them out. My faith in God, who gave his only begotten son, and my faith in that plan and purpose that God has for the world, covers me every minute of every day, even though my sins continue. It is amazing to think of God's grace, in that all he wants from us is to believe in him and the gospel. I many times have a hard time accepting this. It seems too easy. My sins are so huge (past, and present), and I have been programmed from my dysfunctional family to believe I am not worthy of anything. My battle daily is to continue to believe that my faith is all I need to please God. We all judge everything about each other. And we judge ourselves most harshly of all. No wonder faith is so hard to hold onto. When I look at myself daily, I feel doubt that this could all be true for me. Maybe for others, but not for me....It is a struggle for me to believe that my faith is what will save me, not my works.
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