When was the last time you felt it? I’m referring to the awful feeling of embarrassment and guilt over something you said or did. It’s called shame.
God designed us with the ability to feel shame when we have broken His commandments or violated His principles. The sting of our conscience lets us know that we’ve done something damaging or dangerous. It’s a warning light in our soul. Shame can be positive if we allow it to lead us back to God, and heal our relationship with others.
Shame should lead us to confess our sins to God, and receive forgiveness from Him. It was never designed by God to torment or torture you. Shame isn’t God’s way of punishing you. It’s simply one way God gets our attention and moves us away from destructive attitudes, behaviors, and interactions.
Here’s a very important verse to remember if you’re battling shame over something you’ve done or said. It’s found in 1 John 1:9 (NIV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
When God forgives, He forgives completely! No more shame on you!