Hebrews 12:2 NLT We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Jesus was whipped, beaten, spat on, stripped naked, and nailed to a cross. He disregarded the shame by magnifying the joy awaiting Him.

A problematic marriage, financial lack, unemployment, or constant health issues have the potential to bring shame. Taking our example from Jesus, we can disregard the shame by magnifying the joy awaiting us. If we believed God for a financial increase, a healthy marriage, or a healed body, we can look beyond our current state, disregard shame, and have joy knowing things will improve.

Regardless of how bad it looks right now, don’t allow it to make you feel ashamed. Have faith in God’s word about those problematic areas and have joy knowing things MUST align with God’s word.