Before I came into wholeness, more often than not, in the privacy of my bedroom, I’d cover my face as I recalled the pain, trauma and embarrassment I’d endured in my life. I thought I could never get past it and felt so worthless and inadequate.
Because of it, I had an extremely difficult time believing God could use me. Now I realize there is no shame in Christ. A defining moment for me during a moment of self-pity when I had my hands covering my face. The Holy Spirit spoke these words to me, whispering in my spirit, “Acacia, take your hands off of your face, because I’m not ashamed of you.”
I now realize that shame has no place in the life of a believer. If you’re still dealing with shame, ask Jesus to give you a revelation of His love for you. Jesus bore the consequences of shame, rejection, isolation, and ultimately death in our place. The Apostle Peter shared that Jesus personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we could be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds we are healed.
Healing is not instantaneous, but you can be made whole in Christ. Jesus desires for us to cast our shame, burdens and injustices upon Him, because He cares about us more than we can imagine.
We must also realize that the guilt that comes from shame leaves us crippled, and causes stagnation in our walk with Christ. Make an effort today to make peace within, and peace with your past, so God can take the broken pieces of your life and mend you into the whole man and woman He created you to be before the foundations of the world. You are not the scars of your past; you are made new in Christ.
This is an excerpt from “Where Can I Go In My Shame? Finding Your Identity in Christ