A young woman runs away from home to escape marriage. Her family kills her because of shame. You flunked out of school and feel ashamed. You no longer believe in Allah, but you continue to salat and fast because your family will disown you if they find out.
We have all felt shame. We have been taught from birth and by our community not to bring shame on our family. This fear of shame is supposed to keep us from sinning. “If you feel no shame, then do whatever you wish” (Bukhari). Yet we all do things that bring shame on ourselves and our family.
The Injil tells a story of a young man who shamed his father. Yet his father forgave him and erased his shame.
The Shamed Father, the Ashamed Son
The son grew up working on the family farm. But he got tired of helping. So he asked his father for his share of the inheritance. His father obliged. The son left for the big city.
He gambled away his inheritance. Before long, he was broke. He got a job feeding pigs because it was all he could find! After a while, he realized that even his father’s hired workers were better off than he. He decided to go home, ask his father for forgiveness and work as a hired hand.
Before he arrived, his father saw him coming and ran to him! The father hugged him. They walked home together. He gave his son beautiful cloak to wear, put sandals on his feet, and a ring on his finger. The father planned a big party, all because his son had come home! He told everyone, “My son was lost and is now found!” (The Injil, Luke 15:11-32)
Isa Al-Masih Died to Remove Your Shame
You may be ashamed of your life. Maybe you have committed a grave sin and your shame is great. Allah wants to restore your honor the same way the father in the above story restored his son’s honor.
Isa Al-Masih wants to remove your shame. He died for the shame you have caused. He died to restore you completely with Allah! That is the good news of the Injil. Trusting in Isa’s sacrifice is the only way to restore your honor. Now your relationship can be made right with Allah. Do you want your shame forgiven? Do you want your honor restored? This can happen today!
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• What do people do when they are ashamed? What do you do? What do you do to restore your honor?
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• Some people feel Allah rejects them because of their shame. What keeps people from trusting in the sacrifice of Isa Al-Masih so that there shame can be forgiven?