What can help me live without shame and avoid shameful feelings in the future? - Shame - TouchPoints

What can help me live without shame and avoid shameful feelings in the future?

Psalm 25:2-3I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

Psalm 34:5Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Isaiah 49:23Kings and queens will serve you and care for all your needs. They will bow to the earth before you and lick the dust from your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who trust in me will never be put to shame.”

Those who wait for me will never be put to shame.

Psalm 119:31I cling to your decrees. Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!

1 John 2:28And now, dear children, continue to live in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.

Psalm 119:39, 80Help me abandon my shameful ways; your laws are all I want in life . . . May I be blameless in keeping your principles; then I will never have to be ashamed.

The best way to avoid feeling shame is to avoid sin that fuels shame! When you obey God and live a clean life, you will rarely feel shame. The pain of past shame should be a great motivation to strive for honesty and integrity in all areas of life from now on.

1 Timothy 1:19Cling tightly to your faith in Christ, and always keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.

Your conscience is a gift from God, an instinct he placed inside you to make you aware of your sins and gives you an appropriate sense of guilt and shame. To keep your conscience working properly, it needs you to receive forgiveness from God and others, and then repair your wrongs. Ignoring your conscience dulls it and allows sin’s consequences to grow unchecked without you feeling bad about it. This is like ignoring warning lights at a railroad crossing when a freight train is barreling down on you.

1 John 1:8-98If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

When confessed sin or past hurts continue to provoke shame, there may be demonic purpose in haunting you with memories that have been redeemed and forgiven. Continue to trust in God’s faithfulness and rest in his cleansing.