Shame: a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. The feeling that is shame, by definition, is painful. It is a painful feeling with the knowledge that one has done something wrong. This intense feeling is to not be overshadowed within the lives of people, and especially in the lives of believers. From personal experience, shame is more so impactful to followers of Christ than to those not committed to Jesus, and the Christian way of life. Shame has a way of weaving its way into the tiniest, insecurities of Christians, and creating a ravine of disparity and hurt in order to diminish the truth that Christ brought forth on the cross: That all of our sins, ever, have and would be forgiven. Without coming to terms with shame, one who follows Christ would thus be diminishing, if not, nullifying the grace Jesus revealed. Henceforth, where the forgiveness of sin resides, there also will be the solution to eradicating the deceitfulness of shame.
Causes leading to shame can vary. Some may consistent of minor sinful thoughts, others may consist of sins formerly committed before Christ or even during one’s walk with Christ. Understanding the source of shame is important when seeking application of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross in order to get rid of it. Without understanding its source, it is near impossible to fully rid of such shame, and would instead allow that shame to swell and overpower one’s heart and mind. Without understanding its source, the application of Christ’s sacrifice would nearly be ineffective in truly removing the shame one possesses. Identify the root of shame, and then seek council from both scripture and godly men/women.
Once the origin of the shame is identified, one can then seek council to aid in the destruction of sin. The first, and most critical, form of council that should be sought out is within scripture. What better way to find peace from shame and sin, than through scripture itself. Through scripture, one can find peace in God’s words, and ultimately be transformed by them. Why though? Why is scripture so essential when wanting to purge shame from one’s life?
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
Paul makes it clear that all scripture is beneficial, and it has the assurance of guaranteeing its content. Why? Because all scripture is produced by God. Every book, every chapter, every paragraph, every sentence, every word, has been put there by our Heavenly Creator in order that we may live according to it. That we may be fully equipped for every good work; that we may be fully equipped to glorify God in everything.
So then, scripture is so necessary when wanting to strip away shame, because it has been gifted to us by the Father Himself, and reaps truth that is so lucrative in many aspects that benefit God’s chosen. Now that scripture has been accurately affirmed, one can then search scripture in order to aid their pursuit in ceasing shame within their life.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”Romans 8:1 ESV
Those who abide in Christ, and have committed their lives to Him, no longer have any condemnation. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, and to those that accept that truth, have thus received salvation and no longer have a reason for shame. He forgave the sins of every person on this planet; past, present, and future. With this, we can be certain that our shame no longer has an excuse to continue on. To further reinforce this, Jesus even despised shamefulness brought forth by sin.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
As an additional source, one should seek counsel from godly men and women. Believers are a unified body that represent Christ. We are the fellow co heirs within God’s kingdom. Thus, because of our unity, it is natural for us to seek each other out in times of desperation in order to encourage, or be encouraged. Consequently, the lies of shame will, once again, suffocate in their efforts to dismember us.
“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”Hebrews 3:13 ESV