Yesterday, I spoke with two radically different groups of women.
In both groups, the topics of “guilt” and “shame” arose.
Genesis 3:6-7 states this:
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
We are not alone in our struggle. And it’s been with us since the beginning.
It’s obvious that the sin awareness came with the sin – and that it deeply impacted Adam and Eve individually and collectively.
It occurred to me that I’m constantly at war with my pride, my protection of self. I repeatedly feel “less than” or “worthless” because I buy the lies of the culture, even though I do a pretty good job of keeping away from influences. I can’t undo the programming of my youth, before I knew Him, and He’s transforming me cell by cell…which takes forever, it seems. And my fig leaves? I sew together anger over my hurt.
But He is good, all the time. And His Word breathes life into this deceived heart of mine – and I remember. And so I confess to those I’ve hurt and to Him, and in doing the thing that the world would have me believe would REALLY make me “worthless” or “less than” – apologizing – in doing that, I find the freedom I seek. And then I get to toss the fig leaves and run around naked.
Figuratively speaking, of course.
(OH! Was I just punny?!?)
Today, I’m opening things up to you…
What “shame” or “guilt” are you dealing with in your life? What “fig leaves” do you sew?
Dare you to cast off fear with me right now and be a Titus girl.
Love to you,