20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death (Romans 6).
One of the greatest signs of true conversion is the sense of shame that accompanies it. For even after sinners experience forgiveness in salvation, they still feel shame for the sinful things done in their past. They will not deny their past, nor will they try to hide it — yet, they do not really enjoy talking about it, and they certainly do not embellish when they do.
Take note of this the next time you hear folks who seem a bit too eager to give unsavory specifics concerning their sordid past as unbelievers. Sadly, they could just still be in that same condition of unbelief.
Lord, thank You for the sense shame we feel for the sinful things we’ve done in our past. We hate being reminded of what we once were, but the shame is made sweet because it reveals how we are now so different from what we once were. Without You we would not be any different at all. Help us This Day to walk as truly different, giving no cause for added shame. Amen.