How are Christians to handle the shame they feel? The Avett Brothers sing,
Shame, boatloads of shame,
Day after day, more of the same.
Blame, please lift it off,
Please take it off, please make it stop.
Though shame is a God-given emotional response to our sins to draw us to Christ, many believers struggle with “boatloads of shame” and don’t know how to make it stop. What do they do?
So the 3GTers tackle three types of shame Christians often suffer from. The “Silent Shame” where memories of past wrongs hang over believers even though they know Christ has forgiven them. The “Sexual Shame” of immorality so prevalent in the church today and which makes shame feel especially acute. And “Sanctification Shame” where believers, striving for holiness, still feel as if they fall short and are inadequate in the eyes of God. They seek to offer hope as shepherds of God’s people to those who are burdened under the load of shame.
So if you are praying “please make it stop” and “need somebody’s helping hand”, listen to this episode of 3GT!
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2 thoughts on “Episode 99: Shame, Boatloads of Shame”
This pod cast is covering a topic that is so relevant. Thank you for addressing it. I know you just didn’t have time to address fully how to help young women who have been abused. At our PRC in Stillwater, we see so many women who are experiencing various kinds of shame. One of the means used to address sexual shame at our center is to point the women to their identity in Christ, if they are Christians. No matter how people mistreat them, they are daughters of the King because they are united to Him. I think that is another good way to start helping them.
Thank you for your thoughts, Liz. Yes, an abused woman by faith seeing her identity in Christ as daughters of God first and foremost is so vital and the true starting point.