Whispersfrommyheart's Blog

Shame

Posted on: April 11, 2012

      Shame.

      A painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness or disgrace1.

      What causes you shame?

      Do you have a painful past?

      I used to look at my past as a dirty secret. One that produced great shame. I didn’t want anyone to know what happened. I was embarrassed by the sexual abuse. Like, somehow it was my fault. Maybe I had encouraged it. Perhaps, I had brought the abuse on myself. Have you ever felt that way?  

      For those of us who deal with the trauma of childhood sexual assault, there is a certain dirtiness that creeps into our hearts to keep us under condemnation. Even though we were the victim, it is my belief that Satan—also known as the deceiver of mankind—uses our assault to his advantage. Feelings of guilt and shame become tools in his hands to convince us we are dirty; unclean. Shameful.

      Shame is something victims of abuse identify with. It is easy to associate ourselves with ignominy because of the value our abuser gave to us. That piece of deceitful information must be replaced with the truth that comes from the One who judges our heart and soul.

      Jesus Christ made us worthy the day he died on the cross. Shame has no place in our lives. Isn’t that good news? ” But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIV The bible also tells us in Romans 8:1 that there is no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus.

      Let shame fall like a blanket from your shoulders. Let it crumple at the foot of the cross.

            

  1. The American Heritage ®Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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