Shame is actually counterfeit “conviction”…. Shame eventually will drive you to the repeat the very behavior you’re trying to avoid!
Conviction should cause us to explore, question and discuss a matter…leading to redemption, healing, and restoration.
Shame on the other hand drives us to cover, hide and even deny the issue. Since the issue isn’t dealt with properly, we’re more likely to do it again. And the next time we’ll do it in a way that won’t be discovered-we learn better ways to hide and not get caught; instead of dealing with the problem.
Conviction, especially when initiated by the Holy Spirit, is always for the purpose of re-establishing RELATIONSHIP! The best relationships are intimate ones. And intimacy only comes from vulnerability.
There is no room for shame in an intimate relationship. There is, however, every opportunity to admit our weaknesses… without excuse or defense…and begin the healing process. When should we do that? NOW!!!
“Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].”
ROMANS 8:1 Amplified Version