“You should be ashamed of yourself!”
Im sure we have all heard someone make that statement!
What actually is shameful? What type of thinking or living is shameful?
In Romans 10:11 God’s word says “For everyone who believes in Him (Jesus) will not be put to shame.”
So it is shameful to not believe in Jesus Christ.
It is shameful because life is about God, and until we are wanting to be forgiven of our sins because we know that our sins are against God then we do not love God sincerely. Through Jesus we can be forgiven of our sins. To not believe in Jesus is shameful because it ultimately is saying that we don’t want to love God sincerely.
But it goes much deeper than just this one verse. Follow along.
So we started with that expression in Romans 10:11. But Paul had already stated that in Romans 9:33 “Behold I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
And in Romans 9:33 Paul is actually quoting from two places: 1 Peter 2:4-7 and Isaiah 28:16. And then those verses also have come from Psalm 118:22.
Once you see that Paul in Romans, Peter in 1 Peter, Isaiah in Isaiah, and the Psalmist of Psalm 118 all play a part in this powerful statement on Shame and Faith in Christ, you can then begin to understand the seriousness of it.
We need God’s forgiveness. It is shameful to not seek it through Jesus!
If you want to study this a bit further, look at Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10,11; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11 and Ephesians 2:20. All five of those passages are quoting the Bible passages I mentioned earlier. Jesus is the Cornerstone. Jesus is the answer. There is no salvation without forgiveness. There is no forgiveness apart from faith in Christ!
Lets make sure we understand what is shameful! Don’t be Ashamed!