The Lie of Shame

Every one of us has experienced feelings of shame. It’s is a condition in which we feel dirty and polluted. Shame a consequence of our fallen human condition. It can infect us because of what someone did to us; what we did to someone; or perhaps what we failed to do. When we feel shame, we tend to withdraw to protect ourselves. This contributes to our isolation and rejection. Shame is very different than guilt. Guilt is when you feel sorry for what you did. Shame is when you feel sorry for who you see yourself to be. Romans 10:11 (NKJV) says this about shame: “For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

The biblical remedy for shame begins as it does with guilt. Both require repentance.  The difference is that guilt requires us to ask forgiveness for an action we took or neglected to take. Shame is simply the sin of failing to identify ourselves as redeemed, forgiven and of great value because of Christ. He lives in us and we are now who we are because of Him. The past is no longer qualified to determine who we should see ourselves to be. I’m Dr. Bob. The remedy for shame is to know your position in Christ and embrace that knowledge to define yourself. You are a child of the king. You are royalty! If you are feeling the lie of shame, bring it to the Lord. Then, consider it gone. God is not ashamed of you! He takes great pride in His children.

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