One question I receive often in my counseling practice is “how do I remove my shame”? While there is no easy, or one-size-fits all process, a vital component to eliminating our shamefulness is found in our pursuit of “The Living Stone”. The Living Stone” of course is Jesus Christ, as we learn in 1 Peter 2:4.
“As you come to Him, the Living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him — you also, like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”.
But pursuing God takes us in the opposite direction that our shame commands us to take, which is distancing ourselves from Him. When we are shame-ridden it is our belief God wants nothing to do with us. We feel He is repulsed by our sinful nature or the internal ugliness we feel toward ourselves.
But the truth is in our shame we should turn toward God because we have nowhere else to turn. He is not out to condemn us for our shame but instead to heal us. Let’s read more of 1 Peter 2.
“See, I lay stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trust in him will never be put to shame”.
This is an amazing promise from God. Believe in His Son and you have a guarantee He will not put you to shame. Start your new pursuit of God today and watch how your shamefulness begins the process of fading away.
Eddie Capparucci, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Marietta, GA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org