By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Has anyone ever wrongly accused you of something? Or have you ever felt ashamed of something you have done?
Shame and accusation remind me of my experience many Texas mornings when I ventured out the front door in the pre-dawn light, only to run straight into a silk-laden cobweb that had been created while I slept. It never mattered what I did; it seemed I couldn’t shake it off or peel it off. It entangled me.
Accusation, shame, and condemnation are not from our heavenly father. They are traps of the enemy of our soul, who delights in seeing us destroyed and seeks to help us finish the job. The enemy casts accusation on us and convinces us to accuse others, ourselves, and God, then wraps it up in a shame- and guilt-filled bow.
God has never desired to judge us. Rather, His desire has always been to bless us.
In fact, the first account we read of God’s blessings in the Bible was after He created Adam and Eve. He declared them very good, blessed them, and commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. Yet the enemy would like to cause us to look over our shoulders, quaking in shame and fear of God’s judgment.
One of the most well-known Scriptures in the Bible is:
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Children often learn to recite it before they learn any other verse. Our salvation depends on its truth. Yet so often I think we miss the real message God wanted us to hear.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17 NIV).
God’s goal has never been to shame us, judge us, or condemn us. His purpose has been to love us, accept us, bless us, and save us.
For many years I walked under a cloud of shame and guilt for things I had done—it didn’t matter how big or little, or whether anyone else knew or not. I allowed it to negatively impact what I thought of myself, and felt certain that since I was disappointed in myself, surely God was also.
Over time, and many tears shed in despair, God revealed it is the enemy of our soul who judges us, accuses us, and shames us. In his deceitful whispers he accuses us of our faults, then shames us when he reminds us of them later. Yet God’s truth trumps the enemy’s lies. God declared,
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1).
God sent Jesus because He knew that since the days of Adam and Eve in the garden, we were incapable of perfection. He allowed Jesus to pay the penalty for our mistakes because He loves us so much that He couldn’t bear to be separated from us for all eternity. What a weight that lifted off me.
When He looks on us, He doesn’t regard us with shame—He sees royal heirs to the throne, whom He is lovingly grooming and training for that day when we will see Him face to face in His mansion of glory.
What lies have you believed that have kept you a slave to shame? Will you exchange them for God’s truth today?
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com
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