Does Anything Good Come Out Of Shame?

Shame can be both healthy and unhealthy!

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Shame, though often viewed as a negative emotion, can actually be a powerful tool in redirecting our sinful behaviors. When we feel convicted by the Holy Spirit, this shame is coming from a place of love and guidance to help us become better versions of ourselves. However, it’s important to recognize that not all shame is created equal.

If shame is being used maliciously by others or even ourselves, it has the potential to leave deep scars that may take time to heal. That’s why it’s crucial to differentiate between healthy guilt – which comes from God’s word and serves as a positive motivator for change – and unhealthy guilt originating from outside sources. By cultivating an awareness and understanding of these two types of guilt, we can navigate life with more grace and compassion towards ourselves and others. Remember: when used appropriately, shame can be a powerful force for good! If shame can redirect a person’s sinful behaviors and is coming in the form of the conviction of the Holy Spirit to help get them, then that is a good thing. Otherwise, shame from others, ourselves, or the devil can scar a person when applied maliciously. Put it this way, if you are feeling guilty and it comes from something that God’s word from the Bible says, then that is legitimate. ~ Bill Greguska

1 Corinthians 1:27  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.



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Does Shame Ever Do Any Good?

How can shame motivate us?

Shame works in two primary ways, either to motivate you to do better or tear you down!

If shame can be used to open our eyes to sin and ways that dishonor God, then the answer is yes, without a doubt! God wired every one of us to have our conscience be bothered so that we can understand and differentiate between what is good and what is evil. Some negative emotions can be healthy, which helps keep us on track, although other forms are unhealthy, making us feel bad about ourselves for no legitimate reason. When I was growing up, there were times that my parents used guilt to correct me and prevent me from doing wrong.  I can recall times when I did wrong, and it hurt my mom or my dad, which made me feel sorry for what happened, which I would consider more of a good thing.

Those times were times of instruction. There, however, have been times when my mom or even a friend would try to manipulate me to do something out of guilt which was not correct. That is where discernment must be exercised. We need to remember. Each person in our life also has a sinful nature, and they sometimes do not even realize that they are not doing the will of God. That is where forgiveness and grace come into play! Negative emotions, something happens and can be wrong, and then others find out that is one thing, but shame can also help us avoid sin with help from the Holy Spirit. The desire to avoid embarrassment can help you when you are walking with the Lord! Allow shame to encourage you to do better, not demoralize you! ~ Bill Greguska




How You Can Overcome Shame And Guilt!



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Don’t Let Guilt Or Shame Keep You Away From God!

Is Shame From God?

It is a result of some sin by word or deed. The God part of us feels the broken fellowship with God when we do something wrong and feel guilty. A person’s conscience helps to keep people away from those things we know we ought not to do, then shame is great, but if shame is something that saves you from depression and feeling guilty and sad about yourself, it would be wise to check out

1 John 1:9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.



Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

Isaiah 50:7 ESV 

But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.

1 John 1:9 ESV 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 34:4-5 ESV 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Romans 10:11 ESV 

For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Mark 8:38 ESV 

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Romans 8:1 ESV 

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

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.




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