Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The power of shame

“Although readers were concerned that Esau’s anger would prevent reconciliation between the brothers, Esau’s anger is not the final problem. In a poignant twist of the narrative, it is fear, shame, and guilt on Jacob’s part that prevent a lasting reunion.”—From Fratricide to Forgiveness, page 168

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That is only too common...we need to realize that "...there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1-2 TNIV)

It is too easy to walk and live in the lie that we are still sinners instead of saints, justified fully and set free from sinning by the blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. I can get excited about who I am in Christ—or depressed by the lies the evil one throws at me telling me that I am still a sinner. Which will you choose today? New, victorious life? Or, depression, defeat, and despair by listening to lies?
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