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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
– John 15:9
Sometimes, I find the irony in my own words.
I was speaking to a friend about God’s faithfulness and grace that He can take even the smallest of our ego, or know the most petty thoughts and lies we believe in and address them. We both agreed that as a Father, God’s love is so overwhelming that He bothers even with those little details.
Not a minute after that, a thought passed through my mind. In that case, why do I bother keeping the smallest, most pathetic disobedience to myself; or withholding the confession of a bothersome sin?
Shame, I breathed out to myself.
Yet God never uses His voice to shame, I countered.
With an inward sigh, I shut the voice in my head with the next thought: With some things, I would always feel shame; even if God never once shamed me.