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I have suffered shame, especially in my teenage years. My mistakes and wrong choices caused the entire village to look down on me. I was ashamed of myself, how could I mess up like that? I wanted to feel valued outside my relationship with God. It never worked, everything I tried ended up messing me some more and I was covered in shame. I couldn’t face my family, couldn’t face my friends, I felt inadequate and useless: Until I surrendered to Christ.
We all have suffered shame in some area of our lives: In this era of social media, people’s expectations can make you feel ashamed of who you are, ashamed of your career, of your family, of your neighbourhood. Victimization is becoming normal, we watch people get trolled and abused because of who they are, their self-worth is damaged and they start self-sabotaging to an extent of believing that something is wrong with them. Do you love yourself? Do you walk around feeling unworthy, with shame written all over you? Do you want to be like everyone else around you? Are you talking yourself out of your blessing because of shame?
God created you beautifully and wonderfully for a reason. There is something for you to accomplish just the way you are. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). Once we surrender to the Lordship of Christ, our shame is taken away, as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us. We can only be freed from guilt and shame through Christ. Stop trying solving a problem by creating other problems. Stop holding to the shame the world is throwing at you, and run to Jesus who paid a price to take the shame away.
Maybe you walk around hearing ‘shame on you!’ Today we declare ‘shame off you!” Shame is one way the devil uses to destroy us, and we all know that he is defeated, he has no place. Even if you have made too many mistakes, you can start over, unashamed. Today, rise up in your purpose; let no one put you down, because of who you are, what you have done and what you do not have; you are a new creation, the shame of the past has been taken away through the blood of Jesus. In Christ, you are enough, you are complete, you are forgiven, you are loved, you are valuable. Nothing is wrong with you.