Day 4: The Many Faces of Shame

Day 4: The Many Faces of Shame 1“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see everything has become new.”

~2 Cor 5:17

Welcome to Day 4 of my 5 day devotional on shame.

Shame has many faces, which makes it hard to recognize. In some people, it can look like depression. In others, it can look like aggression.

Violence, eating disorders, bullying, aggression and addiction can all be traced back to shame.

Satan loves to keep us so wrapped up in our own issues that we become ineffective Christians. We’re so concerned with people accepting us and liking us, we’re not sensitive to other people’s hurts. We can’t be the people God intends us to be with we’re busy trying to fix ourselves.

Shame prompts unhealthy behaviors and relationships. Unhealthy behaviors that lead to more shame. It can be a never-ending cycle, if we allow it to be.

Jesus gives the ability to stop the cycle. When we place Him as Lord of our lives, He says we are forgiven, clean and right with God. He no longer sees what we’ve done.

Application: What would your life look like if you accepted God’s grace instead of seeing the gospel as a means to work off your shame?

 Prayer: Lord, help me accept your free gift of grace.

Remind yourself: I am acceptable to Jesus.

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