Just another lie

Does anyone love Snapchat on here, no okay? Chiiiile anyways, I remember seeing a snap that was captioned something like “When God was giving out shame,I overslept…..” I won’t lie to you guys, when I saw that caption something in me cringed, no actually my spirit man literally screamed “NO, that isn’t true.” Shame is not from God at all. Let’s have a look at the scriptures, because that’s the standard truth:

“Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When the Lord created Adam and Eve,He placed them in the garden of Eden and they were both naked, but they felt no shame. My aim is not to bash people’s posts or anything, but as someone who struggled with shame for as long as I can remember. I know that without a shadow of doubt that shame is not from God.

Author and speaker Brenè Brown defines shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging. Many people confuse shame with guilt, but those are two different things. Guilt makes you feel bad for doing something wrong or rather causing a problem and it often leads you to repentance. Shame on the other hand makes you feel like you are the problem.

I am so self conscious and to be honest and I don’t really like talking in front of crowds. That’s what shame teaches you to do, it teaches you how to hide so that you sort of become “invisible.” Oh what a lie from the enemy, the Lord says we are a light of the world, like a city set on a hilltop we cannot be hidden ( Mathew 5:14-15).

In her book If you could see as Jesus sees, author Elizabeth Oates lists a number of things that cause people to feel shame and they are: pride, missed opportunities, poor choices, sexual impurity, eating disorders, sexual abuse or assault, addictions, family dysfunction, failure, social economic status and to add to that rejection too. When I look at that list all I can see are things that come about because of human will and not because God “gave them to us in form of shame.” Even when we look into the book of Genesis, it speaks of how when Eve and Adam ate the fruit their eyes were opened and they suddenly felt shame because of their nakedness (Genesis 3:7). I hope you remember that at the beginning they felt no shame, until they ate the fruit.

God doesn’t give shame, He is the giver of abundant life (John 10:10). He is goodness in itself (Exodus 33:18-19) and love in a form that I can never comprehend, because I don’t know if there is anyone who can explain love that sacrifices His only Son for our sakes (John 3:16). He gives peace (John 14:27), He offers forgiveness and redemption (2 Corinthians 5:17). He covers and protects us (Psalm 91). He renews our minds (Romans 12:2) and gives us strength when we are weak ( 2 Corinthians 12:9). His grace runs deeper than our mess (Romans 5:12-21). He provides for our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). He doesn’t give shame lol.

My therapist said and I quote, “Social media is NOT a safe space. Engage with wisdom and always do your own research.” Some captions sound really catchy and maybe they might be trending, but they don’t hold any truth in them. So we ought to be careful to not follow trends or let alone believe everything we read on social media.

For someone who is struggling with shame know that the shame that fell on you fell on Christ. I pray that you will find truth in God’s word. May His love wash over you so mightily that it sets you free from the shackles of shame. May you know that you belong just as much as you think the person beside you or next to you does. I pray that you will know that before you came in this world He validated you, He knew you by name and that you are precious and so loved by Him. I pray the Lord will revive your courage and that when you walk into certain rooms where you feel intimidated, He will help you walk with your head held high and may you know that you are capable because the One who lives on the inside of you, is far much greater than the one who is living in the world.

In the name of Jesus.

Amen.

Go listen to Graves into Gardens by Elevation Worship.

Sending you all my love:

Matilda ❤️

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