Many people are plagued by shame. Sometimes it’s because they’ve done something they’re truly sorry for. Sadly, some people seem to carry a burden of shame that come from oppression and misunderstandings that make them feel that they are worthless. Perhaps their parents or others imparted that sense.
Regardless of the cause, shame is a heavy burden that can stifle happiness and hope. But we don’t have to live a life burdened by shame. Often we need to continue to confess to Jesus Christ the wrong things we’ve done—the very things that initiate shame.
The principal cure for shame is a wholesome relationship with Jesus Christ
This relationship can even strengthen us to resist further sin that brings shame, or even set right any wrong we’ve done to another person. Beyond that, we can begin to build up spiritual and emotional wholeness that come from other falsely forcing shame on us.
A relationship with Jesus Christ only becomes possible after we acknowledge and confess our sinful condition. Thereafter, the burden of sin and shame if lifted from our soldiers and given to God’s forgiving hands. Certainly we will continue to do wrong things—to fall short of perfection. But we no longer have to carry the burden and weight of wrong we do. We repent of it, believing and rejoicing in Christ’s promises.
And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame. Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children. 1 John 2:28-29