“…then you will surely be ashamed and humiliated because of all your wickedness.” Jeremiah 22:22
“Instead of your shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout for you over their portion…
Everlasting joy will be theirs…” Isaiah 61:7
Shame is directly linked to sin and wickedness. (There is also a shame that is mentioned that comes from others – being shamed for doing righteousness.) This shame is based on our unrighteous acts and our own inward feelings. Shame first became apparent in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, they felt ashamed and covered themselves with leaves. Shame is based on knowing that we aren’t good enough. It is based on our sinful acts, desires, attitudes, and thoughts. Shame can come from abuse or feeling that you are different. A shame based personality is formed in individuals who tend to be perfectionistic and performance based, but are unable to live up to their own expectations.
Sin and shame are connected. When we laid our sins at the cross, our shame should also have been left there. Unfortunately, Satan lies and continues to put on our minds the shame of our past sins, the shame of our past choices, the shame of being human. We must not accept this! We must replace Satan’s lie with the truth of God. God says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139). He declares us a new creation at the cross. (2 Corinthians 5:17). He clothes us with clothes of righteousness through the blood of Jesus! We have the right to claim freedom from shame. The sins have been wiped out, let us rejoice and dance with joy!
If shame is still haunting you, read the New Testament taking note of who we are now in Christ Jesus! Fight Satan with the truth of God’s word, and know that you are free to lay the shame at the cross and walk away!