Shame is sneaky.
It starts with something true and then twists it into a lie that tries to tell you who you are.
Shame says, “I did something terrible. I am terrible. God could never love me.”
Shame says, “Someone else did something terrible to me. I am a victim. There must be something wrong with me. God could never love me.”
And so we hide.
Shame always says, “Hide!”
Some of us run and hide—just as far away from church as we can possibly get.
And some of us stay and hide—right here in church, behind phony smiles and well-rehearsed platitudes and hollow assurances that everything is fine.
Your shame is lying.
Maybe you have done something terrible.
Maybe someone else has done something terrible to you.
But Jesus invites us into a relationship where those things do not define us.
Your shame does not know who you are.
You are not terrible. You are not a victim.
Truth says, “I am Christ’s dear child. My sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” (1 John 2:12)
Let’s stop hiding.
Let’s get honest.
Let’s close our ears to shame’s lies and open them to the glorious, freeing voice of truth.
We are Christ’s dear children.
Our sins have been forgiven on account of his name.