Psalm 25:11: “For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.”
Psalm 79:9: “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name; and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.”
Jeremiah 14:7: “O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake .”
Salvation is an amazing thing. Christ Jesus died to save sinners. Christ died for the ungodly. His work on the cross actually justifies sinners. The natural man would never devise or even understand a plan like this. It seems logical that the more “quality people” would be God’s people but that is not always the case. Paul said that Christ chose the foolish and weak people of the world to be saved. What is the point? At the end of the day God’s plan of salvation is about His glory. He chose the most messed up people to reveal His grace because this would bring a greater glory to God.
Just think about His choices. His apostles were uneducated fishermen from Galilee, they were even called ignoramuses by the spiritual leaders in Jerusalem. You might say, “What about Paul, he was highly educated?” That is true but Paul had other issues; issues such as extreme hatred toward Christianity. Paul was responsible for the death of Steven as well as the death of many other martyrs in the early church. Paul’s conversion was designed by the Lord to bring extreme glory to the Lord. Paul called himself the “chief of sinners” and viewed his own conversion as a prototype of salvation by grace through faith. Jonathan Edwards pointed out that salvation was closely connected to the glory of the Lord.
“These things seem to show that the salvation of Christ is for God’s name’s sake. Leading and guiding in the way of safety and happiness, restoring the soul, the forgiveness of sin; and that help, deliverance, and salvation, that is consequent therein, is for God’s name. And here it is observable that those two great temporal salvations of God’s people, the redemption from Egypt and that from Babylon, often represented as figures and similitudes of the redemption of Christ, are frequently spoken of as being wrought for God’s name’s sake .”
So there is hope for all of us. Christ not only forgives our sins but also shows His strength in the area of our greatest weakness. Open your heart to God’s love. The things you may be ashamed of in your life can actually become the vehicle for God to be glorified in your life.