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Not be Put to Shame

Hello, God has given me something in Psalm 119:80 which says:

“May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees,
    that I may not be put to shame.”

The Psalmist is saying that he wants to follow God’s decrees so that he wouldn’t be put to shame. He doesn’t want to be ridden with the shame of sin. It is so Shameful to know that you’ve done something wrong when you weren’t supposed to. So, David asked God that he would wholeheartedly follow God’s decrees. He wanted no shame. But that is impossible. You can’t be sinless. Everyone (whether they like it or not) sins in their life. Don’t think you have? Well, ask your mom about when you were a baby. It is impossible not to sin in your life.

So if the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.”) then why aren’t we dead? The answer is simple: Jesus. Jesus came down to earth, and He died on a cross with all of our sin on Him. He took all of our sin, and our shame, and He died in our place on the Cross. He loved us so much that He died on a cross in our place. He paid for our sin! Jesus gave His life, so that we could live, because He loved us! 1 John 4:19 says:

“We love because he first loved us.”

Let’s face it, none of us want to have shame. It just isn’t something people like. The Psalmist didn’t either, and that’s why he asked God. When we have sinned, and we feel shameful, we can always, always, ask God for forgiveness. God will forgive our sin, and forget it. He loves us so much! Praise God!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me so much. Thank You for taking my shame away. Thank You for taking my sin. Please help me to love You more. Please help me to tell others about what You’ve done for me. Please help me to give thanks more, and love more. Thank You for all the wonderful blessings You’ve given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

        Peace and love, Joy Cleveland


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