Shame. It is one of the most basic, yet deep-rooted emotions in the human heart. To have a working understanding of shame, I'll say this. Guilt is a negative feeling and/or belief directed at something you've done while shame is a negative feeling and/or belief directed at who you are.
Let's look at a biblical example of shame.
Adam and Eve are a classic example. As the story unfolds in Genesis three, we see in verse 10 that they were naked and felt shame. Now I want to propose an idea to you. I believe that shame brings the following:
We can see an example of this in the way Adam & Eve respond. What's the first thing they do once they have eaten the forbidden fruit? Isolate.
The part of this story that I find most intriguing is when shame shows up. Did you know shame was the first human experience after sin entered the world? If you read verses 9 - 11 we see that God asks, "Where are you?” and “How did you know you were naked?" This shows the gentleness of God's heart. He wanted to give Adam and Eve a chance to overcome their insecurity while also communicating to them that shame does NOT come from Him.
Not only this, but he created clothing for them to cover the shame of being naked. To create this covering, God had to kill something. I think this was foreshadowing the cross. Blood was shed to cover their shame, just as blood was shed on the cross to cover our shame. Listen friend, Christ died the most shame filled death to take away your shame.
If you're feeling defeated by shame, you're carrying a burden you were never meant to carry. Let's leave our shame at the cross where it's already been overcome.
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