Lamentations 4: Shame

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Shame is a confusing feeling

It can be debilitating and crippling
It can also lead us to repentance

But first, what is shame?

3 main elements:
In a nutshell, shame is exposure

We see shame displayed in Lamentations

Lamentations 1:8 (ESV)
Jerusalem sinned grievously;
therefore she became filthy;
all who honored her despise her,
for they have seen her nakedness;
she herself groans
and turns her face away.
Lamentations 2:15 (ESV)
All who pass along the way
clap their hands at you;
they hiss and wag their heads
at the daughter of Jerusalem:
Is this the city that was called
the perfection of beauty,
the joy of all the earth?
Lamentations 4:1 (ESV)
How the gold has grown dim,
how the pure gold is changed!
The holy stones lie scattered
at the head of every street.
Lamentations 4:6 (ESV)
For the chastisement of the daughter of my people has been greater
than the punishment of Sodom,
which was overthrown in a moment,
and no hands were wrung for her.
Lamentations 4:15 (ESV)
“Away! Unclean!” people cried at them.
“Away! Away! Do not touch!”
So they became fugitives and wanderers;
people said among the nations,
They shall stay with us no longer.”
Lamentations 5:16 (ESV)
The crown has fallen from our head;
woe to us, for we have sinned!

But God can redeem us in our shame

Lamentations 3:19–24 (ESV)
Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Revelation 3:18 ESV
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

So what do we do?

Be honest with our shame
God is the only healthy relief we have from shame
And His people need to provide that relief


What are you waiting for?
Are you a safe place?
Cling to the hope we have been given
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