O keep me, Lord, and deliver me; let not be ashamed or disappointed, for my trust and my refuge are in you –Psalm 25:20
Every day we encounter two different kinds of shame and it’s critical that we know the difference.
There is a type of shame that is normal and healthy. For example, if I lose or break something that belongs to someone else, I feel disappointed about my mistake. I wish I had not been so careless or negligent. I am sorry, but I can ask forgiveness, receive it and go on with my life.
Healthy shame reminds us that we are imperfect human beings with weakness and limitations. It reminds us that we need God.
Unfortunately, when the healthy shame doesn’t stop there, it becomes unhealthy and poisonous. When a person doesn’t ask for or receive forgiveness, they can punish themselves and start to hate who they are.
Don’t spend your life in this position. Remember your rightful position as an heir and child of God (see Romans 8:17). Unhealthy shame will make you forge who you are in Christ, but healthy shame will remind you that you’re nothing without Him. Today, ask God to help you discern the difference.
From the book “Promises for our everyday lives”