I don’t know any man, husband, or father who doesn’t feel like he has failed on numerous occasions. For some men, a feeling of failure can cascade out of control and further prevent them from being the man God wants them to be at home, work, or school. When anyone experiences feelings of inadequacy, they sometimes engage in an exercise of self-shame to reinforce the initial failure. While this shaming cycle may appear to help, it’s only another manifestation of indirect pride that says, “I’m no good and a complete failure” rather than “I’m a redeemed man, husband, and father who has simply made another mistake.”
Today refuse the cycle of self-shame, rather live in your redemptive state. This is the current state of a man redeemed by Christ. Refusal to accept it is to refuse reality.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.—Ephesians 1:7
DO THIS: Accept salvation but also your ongoing redemption.
PRAY THIS: God, forgive me for shaming myself. I am not a failure in your eyes. I am only a sinner saved by the riches of your grace. May I experience and accept this grace today and live in the redemptive washing of your blood that wipes out past, present, and future sin in me.