Sometimes, our shame keeps us from confessing our sins to God. We find certain things we have done to be so humiliating that we push them away and hope to forget about them. Even when we do confess our sin, we dance around it and word it in a way that stings less. We tend to present our sins before God as less humiliating than we feel them to be in our own hearts.
Is Christ not the one who takes away all shame? Does God not know your sin already? Why are we so afraid of being humbled before God—is it not that same conviction that first brought us to Christ? Shame exists to make us cling tighter to Him.
Failure to confess sin to God because of shame betrays disbelief in His unconditional love. If you are in Christ, God’s love for you will never falter. If you have put your faith in Jesus, it is as sure as it is that Christ has risen from the dead that God loves you, and will cover your shame with His grace!
“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.’ … Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exult you” (James 4:6, 8-10 NASB).