Shame is a soul crushing, identity warping emotion.
The Difference Between Guilt and Shame
- Guilt is the feeling that I did
- Shame is the idea that I am
Shame connects what I did with who I am.
Three Ways Shame Based Mindsets Impacts Us:
1) We’re vulnerable to perfectionism.
2) We’re critical of ourselves, making us critical of others.
3) We use self-defeating thoughts as a form of protection and escape.
Isaiah 54:4 (NLT) “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood.”
1 John 1:9 (NLT) But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
The only way to heal from shame is to move the focus from what I’m not, to who Christ is.
Joshua 5:9 (NCV) Then the Lord said to Joshua, “As slaves in Egypt you were ashamed,
but today I have removed that shame.”
Jesus changes shame on you, to shame off you.