Becoming Aware of Our Shame…Beth Farley

Shame can be a powerful emotion. We have all felt ashamed of ourselves or even someone we love. Shame can cause dysfunction in our relationships.ID-10054806

What is shame? Shame is an authentic, legitimate felling of guilt; either we have said something wrong or done something wrong. But shame is not a no-win situation if we acknowledge it, surrender to it and make positive changes.

Acts 8:22 tells us: Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. Shame is not a sin but if we allow the emotion of shame to overtake us we will not receive God’s best for us.

What are the things that can cause us to feel shame?

We may feel ashamed when we have a problem.

We may feel ashamed when we make a mistake or we succeed.

We may feel ashamed about certain feelings or thoughts.

We may feel ashamed when we have fun, feel good, or are vulnerable enough to show ourselves to other.

When I am engaged in an unhealthy relationship, sometimes I feel ashamed just for being me. Is that God’s best? No!

Do we put shame on ourselves or do we allow others to put the shame on us? It can be both ways. I’ve felt shame when others have put me down and I’ve put shame on myself when I was unable to accept Gods cleansing forgiveness.

Learning to reject shame can change the quality of our life. It’s okay to be who we are in Christ.
We are good enough. Our feelings are good enough and they are feelings that do NOT have to control us. It’s okay to have problems and not be perfect; that’s whey we have Jesus.

Every day we have 24 brand new hours to wake up and accept what a precious gift we are and what a precious gift we can be if we let go of the shame of past mistakes.
Micah 7:19 ESV…He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

Is there some shame that you might be hanging onto? Allow God to cast it into the sea.

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