[O]ften those of us that follow Jesus can find it emotionally challenging to let go of the shame of our sins.
It is valid to experience shame that accompanies our guilt before the only holy God when we are in our sinfulness for He is perfect and we aren’t. The sense of shame that accompanies our recognition of how we’re sinful, however, isn’t God’s ultimate goal. Our recognizing Him, coming into a right relationship with Him on His terms then worshiping, glorifying and enjoying Him is. Once we’re forgiven based on the blood sacrifice of Jesus, He sees us through His grace as perfectly sinless; the shame should lead to repentance and then freedom and a deep sense of value as we realize the living God loves us but often we get hung up on what demons, our messed up human brains and our fellow humans tell us.
Romans 11:28 From the standpoint of the gospel they [Israel] are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; (NASB – sent from CadreBible) Paul wrote this to Christians almost 2,000 years ago. Today my grafting into the heritage of Abraham begins & ends with Jesus. It is by His holy sacrifice I share in the lineage and history of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. I don’t share the last 2,000 years of history with my Jewish family; there are many things I don’t share in that contribute to the personna of being Hebrew but in the faith of Abraham, faith that was credited to him as righteousness, therein I am, likewise, a follower. I am still a believer that the Messiah of God will one day and for all eternity rule from Jerusalem but that isn’t a threat to any people but rather a wonderful, loving example of God’s patience with all people in how Christ has not yet returned. God waits, calling everyone to enjoy the wealth of the riches of His glory in exalting Him. It is grace that allows me to follow in Abraham’s faith and it is love that stays God’s righteous and holy judgement. I thank God for such a complete plan that allows both Jews of the chosen heritage, His beautiful nation, and those of us not born physically into that heritage, but born spiritually, to partake in His love and blessings.