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Shame

January 13, 2014

“Shame is a very heavy feeling. It is a feeling that we do not measure up and maybe will never measure up to the sorts of persons we are meant to be. The feeling, when we are conscious of it, gives us a vague distrust with ourselves, which in turn feels like a hunk of lead on our hearts.”[1]

Lewis Smedes has us pegged, at least in the shame department that is. At some point in their life everyone has experienced some sort of shame and Smedes description of shame is on point. Many veterans as they return from war experience shame. Other public servants are also susceptible to it. Police officers, fire fighters, paramedics all have jobs where a missed call or a moment of hesitation brings feelings of shame to them. But they are not the only ones susceptible to shame. Each of us has something we are ashamed of.

Are you letting shame hold you back? Are you letting shame make you doubt yourself? Why? We have been set free from these demons. We have been rescued by the freedom Christ has brought to us through His resurrection. His forgiveness of our sins frees us from the oppression shame can have over us.

Let go of your shame today and claim the victory and freedom Christ has fixed for you!


[1] Lewis B. Smedes. Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don’t Deserve. (New York, NY: HarperOne, 1993). 5

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2 Comments
  1. This reminded me of Brene Brown’s shame and vulnerability talks. If you get a chance check out her books and TED talks!

    • Thanks for letting me know of Brene Brown. I will have to look them up in the TED Talks App!

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