24 Jun 2009 Free Yourself from Shame
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freeyourselftolove“Memories can drench one is shame, but the battle is won as we drench ourselves in the truths of God’s satisfaction with us (pg. 39 ‘Free Yourself to Love’).”

We’ve all done something we regret, and even if it’s something that has happened years and years ago, every once in a while a haunting memory can creep it’s way back into our thoughts, and it usually creeps back up in the worst time. If we’re lucky we can just shake the thought and move on with our day. If we let those thoughts meddle in our lives we’ll get worn out and torn down. Instead we need to fill our minds and hearts with God’s words, God’s truths. Any time an unwanted thought comes into my head I try to remember Philippians 4:8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Find verses that really stick out to you in each of those areas and meditate on them, so when something comes to mind you need to fight off, you can.

“If you find yourself overreacting to a suggestion or constructive criticism, ask the Lord to show you whether or not your reaction is based on pride or unhealthy shame (pg. 47).”

Shame can come from not only past regrets, but from holding on to something we know we shouldn’t. When I hold on to past hurts and have a hard time letting go to be free to forgive someone it causes shame inside knowing what I should do and knowing that after all this time it gets harder and harder to forgive. When I hold on to a grudge it eats at me, and I end up getting use to it, which is not healthy. When someone comes to you in love and correction do you welcome it or do you shut them out and refuse to listen? If you shut them out is it because of pride, not wanting to admit that there is a fault that needs to be worked on? Or is it because you are ashamed of something that you just want to shake away and not work through?

Here are a list of verses suggested by Jackie Kendall to help work through shame and forgiveness.

Psalm 119:42, Psalm 34:5, Isaiah 54:4, Isaiah 61:7, Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 18:7, 1 John 4:20

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