Elect Lady's Corner
Biblical Wisdom In Plain English
When you look at these two words “despised and shame”, there is nothing pleasant in either word. No one wants to be despised and no one wants to be shamed. Despised: is defined as: “to look down on with contempt and scorn; to regard with dislike or repugnance.” Shame is defined as: “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.”
So despised and shame deal with our emotions and the way we are made to feel. But how do you suppress these emotions when they have weakened your constitution so that there is little strength to fight back? You take on strength by remembering your purpose and following Jesus! Hebrews 12:2 says: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
So, our strength comes from following Jesus as our Instructor and road map in life. Jesus set joy ahead of “despised shame.” He endured the cross or the “despised shame” not because it was pleasant or comfortable, but because of the joy it would bring in the end. Joy encouraged Him to endure the cross! Jesus did not focus on the suffering of the “despised shame,” but He focused on the joy He would have after restoring Everlasting Life to all mankind. He knew: “there will be glory after this!”
So, how do we apply these same principles of “despised shame” in our lives? First, of all we must be willing to endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Again, Jesus is our prime example and Divine Instructor. Therefore, we should not allow people, tests, and trials control our emotions to make us feel despised or shamed. But, put joy before the “despised shame” that allows us to think on the future victory that is ahead of us and not the unpleasantness that is before us.
2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us: “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” So, as we bear our cross daily for Christ, we must never forget the true cost of discipleship. Jesus said in Luke 9:23: “… If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” To do this, there are some things you need to forget and move forward; stop meditating on things you can never change. But give it to Jesus, along with “despised shame.” He can handle it, just like He did over 2,000 years ago and is still reigning as our Sovereign King!