When Jesus heals lepers, He does more than make their skin clean. Jesus heals shame first. The bodily cleansing of the healed lepers pales in comparison to the inner healing of shame cast out.

Guilt can lead to conversion. Shame only results in suffering and can prevent one from seeking God. By healing shame, Jesus opens us to God’s love anew.

Gracious God, may I know my shame so that I can renounce it. May I seek inner healing from Jesus. When I ask Jesus to cast out shame in my life, I am made whole again.