What is Shame?

19 Oct

I personally do not believe in saying, “You should be ashamed of yourself.” That statement never produces change in the person hearing it. How much better to realize we all stand condemned before the righteous Son of God and to show appropriate humility and willingness to help people change, as we all need to do.

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I Corinthians 4:13, 14:  Being defamed, we entreat:  we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.  I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

I Corinthians 6:5, 6:  I speak to your shame.  Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you?  no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?  But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

Hebrews 12:2:  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

What is shame?  When someone says, “You should be ashamed of yourself” what is that person requiring, or trying to require, of…

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2 Responses to “What is Shame?”

  1. agoodstewardess October 19, 2012 at 8:07 AM #

    I agree that it is good to help people with humbleness and willingness to help. But, I believe we as Christians do not stand condemned before Jesus Christ, because of what he accomplished and our believing of that–Rom. 8:1 says “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

    • Mary Gardner Martin October 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM #

      Thanks, I must have been half asleep when I used that incorrect verb tense. For those of us who are saved, we *stood* condemned before Christ in the past, but do not do so now! Thanks for keeping me on top of correct language. It is important to be precise.

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