Guilt beats up on us because of something we've done. Shame isn't so concerned with what we do, but with who we are--our very identity. Shame is more than embarrassment. It whispers, "You are flawed, you are bad, and nothing will ever change that."
The core of shame is human imperfection and soul deformity. We feel ashamed because we know we are not as good as our souls were designed to be nor as good as we imagine ourselves being.
Shame means that human design has been devastated.
Shame implies that God extends His healing hand
into corrupted human nature to powerfully draw people to Himself.
"Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth...." (Isaiah 54:4 NIV)
"They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush." (Jeremiah 6:14-15 NIV)
Hebrews 12:2; 2 Samuel 9:1-8; Isaiah 54:4
What have you been ashamed of? Why? When you feel ashamed how do you respond?
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