- Definition: Shame is the deep sense that you are unacceptable because of something you did, something done to you, or something associated with you. You feel exposed and humiliated.
- Shame is not your whole story. Shame is not a mirage, but it is disorienting. Shame is public, rather than hidden. Shame often visualized by the naked, the outcast, the unclean.
- Shame mentioned 10x more often than guilt in Bible. Consider the woman bleeding 12 years. The woman Jesus meets at the well. The repentant criminal on the cross (Luke 23). And the Prodigal son (Luke 15).
- Room metaphor. Room of shame. Door of mercy. Hallway of humble faith. The Banquet Room of Honor where Jesus invites us to sit at a seat of honor
"Shame is the deep sense that you are unacceptable because of something you did, something done to you, or something associated with you. You feel exposed and humiliated.” – Dr. Ed Welch
"God doesn't just cover our shame, He honors us and lifts us up."
- What shame do you feel, are you burdened by?
- Have you acknowledged this shame to Jesus who is compassionate and merciful?
- Do you believe in faith that Christ has covered your shame and invites you to sit at a place of honor with him? Wearing His white and royal robe that replaces our own robe of shame?
Though You Slay Me
Great Are You Lord
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