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Battle Scars: Shame

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“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8.1-2

Shame is defined as “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior”. It is a powerful emotion. It is the fear that we are not good enough. It is the feeling that we have “crossed the line” and there is no return to wholeness. Shame differs from guilt because guilt says, “I did something bad”, but shame says, “I AM bad”. We’ve all experienced that warm rush that washes over us, making us feel small, inadequate… unredeemable. That is the darkest of places. Shame leaves a deep, ugly scar.

I’ve heard it said that the “Devil’s trinity” is fear, shame, and guilt. Formidable adversaries, except when confronted by God’s love. As a believer, you have no reason to give in to the power of shame. The blood of Christ washes you clean from anything that stands between you and ultimate victory over condemnation and death.

Daily Battle Order:

Kingdom man, Let God Love you. If you heard nothing else, hear those words. It’s the simplest of remedies for shame and it’s the only one that works. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. There are no stipulations on that truth. Let it sink in. You are loved by your creator. You are righteous in His eyes. You are His forever. Carry on.

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Mar 15, 2022

Amen! Always need to hear the difference between guilt & shame from time to time. The word "shame" always makes me think of Adam in the Garden. The only thing that frees us from the shame of our sin is Jesus Christ! Amen, amen!

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