Musings of a Christian Psychologist had a short and sweet post today that is worth sharing.
Many of us, especially the readers of this blog, are weighed down by shame. Part of this is the result of growing up in a legalistic environment where we were expected to behave perfectly in order to gain the acceptance of our teachers and dorm parents, yes and even God himself. And if you were abused and humiliated you may also be weighed down by the shame of your abusers, even though it happened many years ago.
The post I linked to above says: “It seems that the shame put upon us by abuse and maltreatment weighs us down the most. Often those who mistreat us do so in ways to make us believe that in fact we are worthy of shame or that they are righteous in their treatment of us.”
Victims are often treated shamefully as well when they step forward to tell their story and try to get acknowledgement of the abuse. The burden seems to land squarely on their shoulders as they go through the long and sometimes fruitless process of getting someone to listen to them and investigate the abuse.
Remember, we were originally created to be free from shame. Our sins are covered by the blood of Jesus, therefore we don’t need to feel shame for ourselves, and certainly not for things that other people have done to us.
Isaiah 61:7 says “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
Someday, we will all be talking about joy instead of shame. I am looking forward to joy! How about you?