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Freedom from Shame

• Greg Boyd

Another stone that keeps us entombed is shame. In this fallen world, we all carry shame from our past experiences, which can affect our whole life.

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Another stone that keeps us entombed is shame. In this fallen world, we all carry shame from our past experiences, which can effect our whole life.

A common notion is that one can get rid of shame by fighting against it. However, arguing with Satan in private about our worth is self-defeating. We need to bring our shame out into the open, to be honest about our struggles, moral failings, etc.

We combat shame by turning to God for our worth. When we let God define us, the voices of shame in our lives lose their significance.

It is by accepting God’s grace that we turn shame around. He doesn’t wait until we get our act together to bless us. In the midst of our sin , God gives us a double portion (Isaiah 61:7). It is by first seeing God’s love for us that we are lead to repentance.

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  • Isaiah 61:7

    7 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.

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