𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐬 𝟏𝟒:𝟗 (𝐍𝐋𝐓) “𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐭, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.”
Ever feel guilty about something or shamed by a person or group? You don’t even know what you did to deserve this treatment and you don’t know how to get rid of it.
I get it. It can be hard to overcome those thoughts because they often reside in our own mind.
The term “Shameless” has been used recently in our culture to condone a brazen lifestyle that laughs at shame as if that can remove our guilt and shame. But shame remains even for those who say it doesn’t. Like the fools mentioned in the passage above, making fun of guilt will only perpetuate its effect on us. But when we acknowledge shame’s existence, we can do something about it.
✅ 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬.
Whatever the source of our shame, we can’t get rid of it merely by saying it has no effect. Our mind battles with the residual effects of shame over and over again unless we deal with shame appropriately. Looking deeper into the feelings of shame might reveal the true root causes of shame, so we are aiming at the correct target.
✅ 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞
Shame is a mental battle. It can be so hard when people shun us, gossip about us and try to keep us in a box, but shame only remains when we let it defeat us. We have to have our minds saturated in the word of God to extinguish shame.
Proverbs 15:3 reminds us of an important principle regarding shame. Humility restores honor. We cannot get rid of shame just by saying we are shameless. “Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.” Having the humility to apply God’s word to our lives helps us to overcome shame in our lives—shame from others, shame from our own brain, shame from circumstances.
It is hard to believe this month that it has been a year since my book, “Shame Off You”, hit the shelves. If you struggle with shame, God can set you free!