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June 03, 2024

Ep.1336: How Do We Cope With Feeling Shame?

Understanding the role shame should and should not play in our lives

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CHAPTERS

[00:14:36]
What brings us shame before God?


[00:29:42]
How can our shame be a positive tool of correction?


[00:46:32]
How does the Bible help us with shame we don't deserve?


Theme Scripture: Hebrews 12:2

Feeling shame has a long history within the human race. We can actually trace it back to its beginning. As we do, it’s important to observe what it looked like and why it appeared. Adam and Eve were direct creations of God and the beginning of our human family. As such, Genesis tells us they were naked and unashamed. We know they were given clear guidelines for living and ended up choosing to follow Satan’s suggestions rather than God’s proclaimed truth. Once they committed to this sinful act, something unique happened.

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Unchecked, it can drain away the goodness and value of our lives. What can we do to battle against and overcome its debilitating characteristics? Fortunately, the Bible shows us many principles to transform shame into a tool for growth!

Feeling shame has a long history within the human race. We can actually trace it back to its beginning. As we do, it’s important to observe what it looked like and why it appeared. Adam and Eve were direct creations of God and the beginning of our human family. As such, Genesis tells us they were naked and unashamed. We know they were given clear guidelines for living and ended up choosing to follow Satan’s suggestions rather than God’s proclaimed truth. Once they committed to this sinful act, something unique happened.

Adam and Eve felt shame.

They covered themselves.

They hid from God.

Their shame was a function of their consciences.

It was a tool of the mind to let them know that their previously perfectly balanced lives were now off center. They were out of harmony with their Creator and consequences would follow. This shows us that in its best application, this can be something very positive. It can serve as a sort of alarm to alert our minds that corrective action needs to be taken.

Shame as a weapon

Unfortunately, in our world this very positive purpose for shame barely exists. Why? Because we have taken to using shame as a weapon. Instead of it being based on the purity of godly righteousness, we have based it upon our rivalries and our desire to exclude “those" people. Shaming is now a great way to close down arguments and send those on the other side into hiding.

Added to this shaming by others is the fact that many of us bring unjustified shame upon ourselves. We perceive ourselves as "less than" or unworthy and proceed to hide ourselves away. None of this is good, healthy or godly. So, what do we do? Check out our June 3, 2024 podcast, “How Do We Cope With Feeling Shame? We break shame down into its varied applications and find scriptural remedies. We examine an incredibly powerful account of shame in the New Testament and observe how Jesus - with just a few words - changed it all. Join us for these important and inspiring lessons. They just might add valuable insight to your perspective!

 

 

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