A Coat Called Shame



We as people have inherited a piece of deceptive clothing; one that has been handed down to us from one generation to the next. It has been around since the beginning of time. It comes in all shapes, and sizes, and knows no cultural boundaries. It can be received as early as conception, and birth, and is often handed to us along life’s journey. We accept it without question and wear it sometimes for a lifetime. We are told it fits us and we become very comfortable in it. This coat, or cloak, or covering is called shame.

In the book of Genesis we are told of how Adam and Eve reacted when they were aware of their nakedness – they were ashamed. Their first reaction was to find a cover to hide behind.

At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. – Genesis 3:7

We may have been told we need to wear our coat of shame – because this is who we are. Maybe we have dictated this message to ourselves. Perhaps the world points to this clothing of shame and demands we keep it on. Whatever the reason, we become all too comfortable in it. Wherever it has come from, and no matter the size, or the length of time we have worn it – it is not ours. Contrary to what we have been told – it does not look good on us. It was not intended for us.

It was never God’s desire that Adam and Eve be introduced to shame. It is not His desire that we live clothed in it either. He has given us a much better garment – that of salvation, and joy!

Once shame has been worn for any length of time it may seem scary, or foreign to lay it down. It is worth the risk. You will have plenty of opportunities that will tempt you to pick up that familiar coat and wear it again – refuse.

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10