Shame is us running away from LOVE. While Love covers a multitude of sins, shame uncovers us and leaves us naked.
For years of my Christian life I carried shame like a cloak and it hid my light under a bushel. Not only did it obscured my view of myself in Christ but it also colored others view of me.
Shame skews our vision of reality but the Spirit of God can walk us out of it. The process is to receive His mind and thoughts about ALL things.
There is a shame that comes from trying to be like God without God. We become ashamed, and rightly so, when we attempt to be like God, without God.
I am not lifting up shame, triggers or dysfunction as a virtue in themselves and certainly not holy, but do our triggers and dysfunction have no purpose? Not so much!
When we become triggered with shame, as we will, we are often emotionally capsized. Being triggered makes us look for a lifesaver. Too often this lifesaver is to revert to old patterns and habits.
Our shame attaches itself to our triggers and colors our world. We're laying down our triggers and shame, which prevent us from seeing the Glory of Christ in us.
Believing shame over God is to prevent being who He’s created me to be. Rather than seeking God on this matter, I defined it through shame.
Reading has always been a weakness of mine. It has caused me huge shame, and it’s funny coming from one who is now an author.
Shame is the destructive result of thinking apart from God. Going outside of the realm of God’s definition of my reality is to enter shame.
I would like to share with you a personal shame that I think personifies the struggle, the lie and the damage.
I never knew this, but as I was speaking to a brother the other day and this phrase fell out of my mouth: our shame grieves the Holy Spirit.