The Unjust Knoweth No Shame

The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

Zephaniah 3:5

Yesterday, we looked at the encouraging aspects of this verse.  But as I was thinking about those wonderful things (the Lord always being with us, never doing wrong and never failing), I started thinking about the phrase at the end of the verse: “the unjust knoweth no shame.”  I think that phrase has an important lesson for us, as well.

When you think about shame, it seems that many people in our society have no shame whatsoever.  They will do anything and say anything without even blinking.  I don’t understand that.  I am ashamed of things that I have done, I am ashamed of things that I have said, I am ashamed of things that I have thought, I am ashamed of attitudes that I have had.  I have often been ashamed of myself.  My shame comes from the fact that I have transgressed God’s law.  I have disobeyed my Heavenly Father.  Thinking about those failures is humbling and is a cause for shame.  So why can so many other people do things seemingly without any shame at all?  I think the answer is in this verse:

“The unjust knoweth no shame…”  According to Romans 3:24, I have been “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”  While I have surely done “unjustly,” positionally (due to the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ), I am just.  It is the Holy Spirit within me that I have grieved when I have sinned, and thus the shame.  A person who does not know the Lord would be much less likely to feel shame as they have rejected the One they have sinned against.

Do we feel shame for our sin?  While it may seem strange, let us thank the Lord for that.  Realizing that we have done something wrong is the first step in getting it right.  There are those who feel no shame for their sin.  We should be praying for them.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, there is something so touching about this. There are people who have no conscience that we can tell.. It’s scary. Praying that these lost can know Him and what it is to feel shame and then forgiveness too!
    God bless you as you take us through Zephaniah!


    • It is a sad thing to think about. The Bible talks about people having a “seared” conscience, and I think that’s what it is – they have done wrong for so long that it feels normal to them. Only God can break through that kind of heart!


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