2 Kings 2:15-18
15 When the group of prophets from Jericho saw from a distance what happened, they exclaimed, “Elijah’s spirit rests upon Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. 16 “Sir,” they said, “just say the word and fifty of our strongest men will search the wilderness for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has left him on some mountain or in some valley.” “No,” Elisha said, “don’t send them.” 17 But they kept urging him until they shamed him into agreeing, and he finally said, “All right, send them.” So fifty men searched for three days but did not find Elijah. 18 Elisha was still at Jericho when they returned. “Didn’t I tell you not to go?” he asked.
Elijah the prophet had just vanished because he was taken by God into heaven by a chariot of fire. Those around Elijah and Elisha had just seen what happened. So they approached Elisha and asked if they should go look for Elijah. Although Elisha already knew what happened to Elisha he was shamed into agreeing with the men. When they could not find Elijah the men returned to tell Elisha and Elisha’s response was a “I told you so.”
Shame is a powerful negative motivator. Peer groups will use shame to cause a person to do something they are uncomfortable with. A person may feel shame after a sinful act. The shame can leave them burdened and ridden with guilt. In an addiction cycle shame will cause negative emotions to build until a person is triggered into acting out again. Webster’s dictionary says shame is a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. 1 John 3:19-20 says, “Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.” God knows what we have done and He forgives us when we repent of our sin so we do not have to feel shame. In Hebrews it says, “For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” Romans 14:22 says, “Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.” And Romans 5:16 says, “For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.” There is no need to feel shame because of Christ dying for your sins. Instead move forward knowing the grace of God is with you. Pray and repent of your sins. Ask God to remove the shame that goes with them. Ask God for peace in your life that you may no longer feel shame, but instead feel victory.