Grace to Blush

Blush, sinner, blush! Oh, that thou hadst grace to blush!

–John Bunyan

John Bunyan’s exclamation in the 17th century is extremely applicable now in the 21st century. It has been said that we have even forgotten how to blush. We tend to live life in a manner that knows no shame. In fact, we fulfill the Scriptures by glorying in our shame.

For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

–Philippians 3:18-19 ESV

In the Old Testament, the prophet also spoke about this:

Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
    No, they were not at all ashamed;
    they did not know how to blush.

–Jeremiah 6:15 ESV

To prevent falling prey to this deadly temptation, we must lean into the grace of God. That is what Bunyan is speaking about. We need grace for this.

Paul continued on in his statement to the Philippian Christians telling them to remember that their citizenship is in heaven and that we await the Lord who will reveal true glory. If we keep in mind this true glory, we will blush at the shameful things which are not in keeping with a heavenly citizenship.

Does your face blush with regard to shameful things? Or does your countenance look prideful instead. Pray that the Lord grant you red shaded cheeks when you encounter your sin.