And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:25, KJV)
Shame is a feeling of distress or humiliation caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. It, therefore, has two parts: the inward feeling and the outward cause. That means whenever we feel ashamed(inward feeling), there is usually an outward cause either a state we find ourselves in(e.g losing the covering of God’s glory as above) or something we have done that has ruined our personal honor.
How should we deal with shame as believers? First, take care of the outward cause. In the overwhelming majority of the cases, shame comes on us through our own choices. Jesus blood gives us the opportunity to ask and receive both forgiveness and cleansing for our foolishness, sin or wrong behaviors. Shamelessness is a dangerous state of continuing in sin, or the foolish behavior and attempting to eradicate or suppress the shame. This is a callus or stony heart and we must never allow our hearts to reach that stage.
The next important element in dealing with shame is dealing with the feeling itself after God has forgiven or cleansed us. This is the right place to reject shame and stand on God’s acceptance because He has taken care of the shameful element. Do not keep shame in your life. Deal with it immediately. If it requires repentance, repent. If you need to trust in God’s forgiveness, do so.
Is there an area in your life you are ashamed of even though no one else might know? What do you need to get rid of that shame: repentance and cleansing? Trusting in the Lord? Or both?
APPLY THE WORD
Shame, like guilt, is a destructive feeling. The only thing positive in them is that they should drive us to God to get help. Deal with shame immediately. You can start addressing the issue now!
Ask the Father to help you become honest to deal with shame in any area of your life.