For I am not ashamed of the gospel, — Romans 1:16a
Ashamed: unwilling or restrained because of fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval*
Our shame was nailed to the cross, Christian. Are we really grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice for us? He experienced shame, ridicule and disapproval for us and the result is our righteousness (to those who believe). Who around you needs to experience that righteousness?
Let us not be ashamed.
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, — 2 Timothy 1:8-9;
And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” — Mark 8:34-38
Continually seeking Him,