I’ve been thinking about the word shame lately and it’s affect on a person’s life. First I looked up the word and it means, “A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” I will be the first to admit, I’ve made some terrible decisions and they definitely caused distress on my life, but what I have learned is those bad decisions do not have to control my future.
It doesn’t matter how bad you’ve messed up and what horrible mistakes you’ve made, God can forgive those mistakes and wash them from your life. I promise you though, even after you have been forgiven, shame will try to come in and cause you not to forgive yourself. That’s what shame does, you may have head knowledge that God has forgiven you, but you have not truly accepted it in your heart if you still carry it around with you. Shame says, “I’m not worthy and I don’t deserve His forgiveness, so I’m going to stay humiliated.” Shame wants you to walk in a room and feel as though all your sins have been exposed and everyone is pointing their finger at you. It wants your head down, still defeated and bound by the past. You must remember you are free and forgiven the moment you repented to God. When you continue to remind yourself, that you are forgiven, you can walk with your head held high, regardless of what others know or think about you.
Shame is a delay tactic of the enemy. What do I mean by that? It wants to delay you from your dreams, delay you from goals, delay you from your future. It keeps you in the past, when it’s time to move forward. Shake it off and walk with boldness and confidence...you are a child of God, with purpose and destiny!
But thou, O Lord, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of my head.