Day 2: In the Beginning, There Was Shame

Day 2: In the Beginning, There Was Shame 1“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth...”

Isaiah 54:4

Welcome to Day 2 of my 5-day devotional on shame.

The condemning voice of shame begins speaking to us early in life. Someone may have communicated something to you when you were a child that left you feeling shame. That made you feel you were somehow not okay.

Brene Brown, a shame researcher, says we live in a society where most people still subscribe to the belief that shame is a good tool for keeping people in line. She says it’s not only bad, it’s also dangerous. Often times unknowingly, adults transfer shame on to children.

We get the message, “I am bad.”  That message begins to dominate our lives. First, it affects us as a person. Then it affects us as wives and moms.

Bullying, eating disorders, violence, depression and addition all can be traced back to shame.

Like all emotions, shame is God given. But, what He intended for good, the enemy uses for evil.

We should feel shame when we dishonor God. That is a healthy shame. But the shame I am referring to is toxic. This shame tells us we are unlovable. It destroys self-esteem and prohibits us from being all God intends for us to be.

God wants us to live a life free of shame, which is why He offered His son, Jesus. When we have Jesus, we have a choice. .  to choose the voice.

Application:  Statements from your childhood or past may be plaguing you with shame. Begin identifying when you need to choose a different voice.

Prayer: Lord, call to mind painful statements from my past that may be affecting my choices, emotions, and relationships now. Help me forgive and put the statements into perspective and believe that Jesus Christ has accepted me.

Remind yourself: I am accepted by God.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S1h-jhOujc&w=854&h=480]

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