Do you question God’s love and commitment for you? Are you worried He has turned away, embarrassed by your sinful actions? Does your shame label make you feel unloved by God? Perhaps some poor choices you’ve made leave you feeling inadequate, insignificant or stupid. Or perhaps it was not even actions of your own but instead hurtful things someone did to you that brings you shame. If so, you are far from alone.
Sin is part of our lives. There is no way of getting around that fact. Scripture tell us:
“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even on.” Romans 3:10-12.
Many Christians understand and accept this Biblical concept. They realize their brokenness and make efforts to repent and accept God’s mercy. While they are not pleased with their sinful nature they do not allow it to interfere in their relationship with God. They turn to Him seeking direction, guidance and affirmation, while giving Him praise. They feel loved by God despite their sinful nature.
But unfortunately not all Christians feel the same.
This is what I refer to as a Christian Shame Cycle. These people have allowed their shame label to develop a wedge in their relationship with God. They believe God does not want to deal with — nevertheless love — someone like them who have been involved in shameful activities.
Perhaps you are one of those people. The purpose of this blog is to tell you know you are believing a lie. My hope is to give you accurate information that will enable you to remove your shame label, while allowing you to see yourself as God really sees you — His precious child who He longs to love and nurture.
I look forward to your comments to my posts and hope they will not only spark great dialogue but move Christians suffering from the Christian Shame Cycle closer to God.
Blessings Eddie Capparucci, MA, LPC