A sense of disgrace. Various customs in NT times were held to be shameful, such as short hair worn by women or long hair on men (1 Cor. 11: 6, 14); the real shame in NT is the guilt attaching to sin (Phil. 3: 19). However, there was a shame which Christ himself bore on the cross (Heb. 12: 2) on our behalf (2 Cor. 5: 21), which is cause enough for the apostle to ‘boast’ (Gal. 6: 14).