The Inner Room

How shame blocks the process of growth

One of the major issues with shame is that it blocks the essential process of recognizing and repenting of sin. This may seem counter-intuitive. Shame-filled people feel bad about themselves and feel they do wrong all the time. Shouldn't they be overly sensitive about their sin?

The answer is no. At least, not in the right way.

Overcoming the destructive power of shame

Shame. I'm no psychologist or expert, but I do have a lot of experience with that toxic emotion called shame.

Shame is more than an emotion. It's a total perception of yourself. It's the fundamental belief that you are worthless, bad, unlovable, unqualified. It silences your voice, causes you to retreat inside yourself, avoid relationship, and live in a toxic stew of depression, anxiety, and feeling bad about yourself all of the time.

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Forgiveness: how to forgive

This is certainly not an authoritative guide. I’ve had to do a lot of forgiveness, and this is what I’ve found works for me.

1. Recognize the need to forgive

This may seem obvious, but often it’s not. We may be suffering from anger, depression, and hurt over offenses that happened many years ago. Often facing those buried issues from the past and forgiving is the key to releasing that pain.