He gives us stories /// where shame is covered

If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
— 1 John 1:9

A friend took this photo of me in Valencia last September:

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The graffiti really intrigued me—as I wondered what brought the artist to write it, I thought of my own, ongoing battles with shame, and sometimes how I can allow it to separate me from an intimacy with Jesus.

Finding the right hiding place

I often run and hide when I think about my life, especially with regards to historic, sinful behaviour in my personal life. And yes, we do need a place to hide—but we need to hide in the right safe place. A place that offers the protection we seek, where our shame is covered. We need to seek Refuge in Jesus. His death and resurrection is the only remedy for the shame we experience as a result of our grievous sinful failures. And when we hide in Him, He gives us continuous cleansing from sin.

Shame labels us as guilty and deficient—Jesus pronounces us guiltless and tells us that His grace is sufficient for us in all our weakness. Shame has no power over us! Amen.

That’s real Joy to the world!

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
— Horatio Spafford "It is well with my soul"


Throughout Advent, Refuge is posting a selection of stories of God’s work in our lives. Each morning of Advent, we will be sharing these stories for the encouragement and upbuilding of the Church—and to testify to His greatness. For the series introduction click here.

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