Is There Anything Good About Shame?
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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 someone if applied without love and respect.
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 okay. On the other hand, it is the guilt from others or yourself. Then that is not healthy and ought to be looked at carefully and something about it. Remember that there are two types of guilt: one is healthy, and the other is not! ~ Bill Greguska
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Does Shame Ever Do Any Good?
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
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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 61:7 ESV
Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.
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.”
Psalm 31:17 ESV
O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.
Romans 8:1 ESV
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 54:4 ESV
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
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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