Breaking the Arrow of Shame

by Mark T. Hancock · 0 comments

Lord, I have sinned against You. I was condemned to eternal death because Your Word says the soul that sins shall die[i]. And the wages of sin is death[ii].

Because I was condemned,[iii] I was separated from Your presence[iv]. I could not approach You without guilt and shame.

Now I understand that Jesus died in my place, suffering the judgment of my sins[v]. You made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for me, that I might become the righteousness of God[vi]. He paid for my rebellion. The wages of sin is death but Jesus died as my substitute, taking my place in death. He is my righteousness[vii].

Since Jesus Christ suffered in my place, there is no more punishment for me to bear[viii]. You now give to me Your own righteousness[ix]. I accept Your gift of righteousness[x].

Because Christ is in me[xi] I can now stand in Your presence without the shameful consciousness of sin or inferiority, because I am Your child[xii] and You are my Father[xiii].

As I walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh, there is no condemnation because I am in Him[xiv]. Because I believe in what You have done for me, I have passed from death to Life[xv]. You have delivered me from the power of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of Your love[xvi].

Thank you, Lord! The arrow of shame is broken. My dignity is restored.


[i] Eze. 18:20

[ii] Rom. 6:23

[iii] Jn. 3:18

[iv] Isaiah 59:2

[v] 1 Pet. 2:24

[vi] 2 Cor. 5:21

[vii] Jer. 23:6

[viii] Rom. 8:1

[ix] 1 Cor. 1:30

[x] Rom. 5:17-18

[xi] Gal. 2:20

[xii] Jn. 1:12

[xiii] Gal. 4:6

[xiv] Rom. 8:1

[xv] Jn. 5:24

[xvi] Col. 1:13

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