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Unable To Blush

By Don Loftis | 03.01.17

We have all experienced that moment when the blood rushes to our faces and we turn a noticeable shade of red.  It may come from a layer of humility a bit uncomfortable with public recognition.  It may come from getting stuck in a situation where friends open a bottle of alcohol or pop in an X rated movie.  The blush betrays uncomfortable feelings that we often encounter.

 

The prophet Jeremiah told God’s people in Judea that they had lost the ability to blush (Jer. 8:12).   They were guilty of idolatry, deception, greed, and spiritual ignorance.  However, when confronted with their transgressions, there was no repentance.  There was no remorse.  There was no shame or guilt.

 

For many in our culture, the blush has gone the way of the rotary phone.  We watch media presentations that expose human nakedness, but we never blush.  We hear (or even use) vulgar language, but we never blush.  We break promises without regret.  We listen to sermons and feel no shame or need for forgiveness.  It is as if we look at God and feel no embarrassment, though in  the presence of His holiness.

 

Paul warned Timothy that some would arise teaching false doctrines with no sense of shame.  They would be people whose consciences were seared by a branding iron (I Tim. 4:2).  While guilt and shame are uncomfortable emotions, and blushing is not fashionable, those traits indicate a heart that is sensitive to the will of God.  May we never become so use to sin and calloused towards our own error that we forget to blush.


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