By Emilee Burroughs
Shame is a powerful emotion — it can hold you tightly in its grasp, squeezing out all your hope and joy. It reminds you of what you’ve done in the dark — what you did with your boyfriend, cheating on a test, lying to your parents — so that you won’t bring your sins into the light.
Satan uses shame to make us feel broken and hopeless. The Enemy doesn’t want us to accept God’s forgiveness for our sins. So he lies to you by whispering, “You’ll never be whole again. God will never forgive you — you aren’t worthy of His forgiveness.”
But Beloved, Christ speaks gently to your heart and says, “I forgive you. I took on your sins when I died on the cross to make you whole. Give me your guilt and shame, for it is not of me.”
I know what shame feels like: I did something that I never thought I’d do. Shame filled me, so I cried out to God, asking Him for His forgiveness. And then I did the very thing that I was ashamed of again.
My shame and brokenness made me feel unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness. I felt like such a hypocrite continuing to make Anointed. Satan constantly told me that I shouldn’t be making a Christian magazine when I had acted so un-Christ like.
But the Holy Spirit told me His truth: I am beautifully broken, but Christ has made me wonderfully whole. This means that, while we are broken because our sin, we are remade into something wonderfully whole through Christ’s love and grace. Try as hard as we may, we can never make ourselves whole on our own. Only Christ can, and He longs to. When He looks at you, He doesn’t see a broken, unlovable, sinful person — He sees His beautiful, righteous and whole daughter.
I know from experience that shame oftentimes sounds louder than truth. But shame and guilt are from Satan. He uses them like a megaphone to shout insults and lies to you in the hopes that they’ll drown out God’s truth and you’ll keep your sins in the dark.
My beloved sister, bring those sins and shame out of the dark and into God’s cleansing light. Here are God’s truths about forgiveness:
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” -1 Peter 2:24
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” -Romans 3:22-24
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” -Acts 3:19
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” -Ephesians 1:7
Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross covers all your sins — past, present and future. He sees you as wonderfully whole. My sweet sister, let’s both ask Him to open our eyes to see ourselves this way, too.