|I think the greatest barrier to faith today is shame. Shame likes to tell us that we are not worthy of love and belonging. That we need to prove ourselves. Shame is a constant sense of deep embarrassment about something in our lives. We’re embarrassed that we’re not where we wanted to be, that we continue to with sin or failure, or that we haven’t succeeded in the way that my peers have. Shame feels like strictness, rigidity, and fear, and faith is the opposite of that. Faith says that despite my shortcomings, my justification is not in me, it’s in Jesus. I’m not righteous because of what I’ve done, I’m righteous because of what Christ has done for me. And when He died on the cross, He said it is finished, and He meant it. Now we can come boldly before the throne of God, redeemed, forgiven, and loved by grace through faith. You receive God’s unending, unmerited favor and love for you by faith. Just believe it and watch heaven open up to you.