Suffering

Restored: free of shame

The Law of Moses laid down ground rules for what it meant to be clean or unclean, or in other words, pure and worthy to be in God’s presence, or impure, an outcast, a sinner. This shame/honor culture affected everything from relationships, to food and ceremonial washing, and places such as the temple or the wilderness.

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First the Good News

In Matthew 4:23-5:5, and in many other passages of Scripture, we see Jesus teaching and preaching the gospel, which included healing people of all types of illness and disease. He consoled them and gave them incredible hope and good news—he restored them.

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The Gospel Addresses our Shame (part 2)

If we only consider the gospel in terms of our sin and spiritual life with God, it will never occur to us that our struggle could actually be a symptom of shame and a result not of our own sin, but of sin committed against us. We need to get to the root of the issue and uncover the truth of why we struggle with the unwanted behaviors and addictions we have. That’s the only way to find true freedom.

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