When Adam and Eve were in the garden, before the Fall, they had no shame, despite their nakedness. It is a form of innocence to be shameless. However, shame is a product of sin. The world as we know it now is full of sin and it is also full of shame. Even something as natural as a mother breastfeeding her infant can cause staring eyes and cruel words in public. Though it is natural and innocent, it is perceived as shameful through the eyes of the world’s sinful nature.
The same can happen in our relationship with God. We know that He forgives us if we come to Him, but sometimes it is hard to come to Him because of our shame. When we withhold our honesty from God and try to hide, we begin weakening our relationship with Him because we lack communication. The sin separates us from God and makes us feel shame.
By bringing our faults to God immediately and repenting when we sin, we can keep our relationship open and strengthen it as we allow Him to guide us through the tough times, trusting that He will take care of us.
Jesus told His disciples to “turn from your sins and become like little children.” My daughter did not know to be shameful because of her nakedness. When we repent and are innocent of sin, we too will not know shame in front of the Lord. We will be like children, feeling no shame, as we enter the Kingdom of Heaven.