Have you been stuck with failing again and again?

Do you resort to blaming when conflicts arise?

Do you feel good when you bring others down?

If you say “yes” to these questions, then you may be suffering with shame.

Research professor and therapist Dr. Brené Brown, who specializes on shame, vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and authenticity, says that shame is “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.”

This feeling that you don’t belong or that you are worthless is crucial as humans are created to connect.

In an article written by Dan Schawbel of Forbes, Dr. Brown mentioned that “The key to building a true belonging practice is maintaining our belief in inextricable human connection. That connection – the spirit that flows between us and every other human in the world – is not something that can be broken; however, our belief in the connection is constantly tested and repeatedly severed.”

But then, where does shame come from?

Roots of Shame

The book of Genesis tells the story of when shame started to enter humanity. God created Adam and Eve to be in fellowship with Him. They were both naked and not ashamed (Genesis 2:25)

But when sin entered the picture as Eve gave in to the serpent’s temptation, man got disconnected from God and shame started to creep in.

After they ate the forbidden fruit, they hid and covered themselves when they heard that God is walking in the garden.

Though God drove them out of the garden, He also provided a solution for humans to be able to reconnect with Him.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel”, the “Seed” mentioned pertains to Jesus – the Promised Seed. – Genesis 3:15 NKJV

All it requires is for you to believe and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9) and you will be cleansed you from all your sins (1 John 1:9), make you a new creation, where the old things will pass away (2 Corinthians 5:17). You will be able to reconnect with God and become part of the family of God (1 John 3:1-2) and will be called His sons and daughters (Romans 8:14-17).

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And if you’d feel shame creeping in, remember the truth that you belong to God’s family and that you are His wonderful creation (Psalm 139:14, NKJV). Since you already have access to the Father, you can come boldly to His throne, obtain mercy and grace in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

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