Andy Moore explores how the life-changing Gospel encounters with the risen Jesus can shape us in these days of COVID19. Today, through the lens of the biblical character Peter who denied Christ three times, Andy examines how weighted our hearts and minds can be by shame. Andy will show us how the disciple’s post-Resurrection encounter is a profound model for being freed emotionally in ways we never thought possible.
Shame is a complex thing. But part of how it works is through the internalization
of deep dissatisfaction with ourselves against one of two standards. Standards of our own, the type of person we think we are or want to be, or standards of the community around us and what the expectations of our society tend to be. And Peter feels shame on both of those fronts.
The antidote is in recognition of the third and highest standard by which the value
of our lives is measured. A standard which trumps the first two. That the God of the universe Has loved us so much; He has deemed relationship with us worthy of dying for and suffered rejection so that we don’t have to. By this, the ultimate standard, Peter’s shame and ours falls away.
Make it personal:
What are you ashamed of? (No need to answer in Connect)
How can your shame become your testimony about God’s great love?