The consequences of hiding in shame are deep and damaging.
When you hide in shame, you don’t reveal who you truly are. You don’t let your husband in. You don’t let your wife in. You don’t let your children in and you don’t let your friends in. This is very serious. If you don’t let them in, then they can’t protect you.
You will fall.
Eventually you’ll get to the point where you won’t even let Jesus in.
That’s when you get entrenched in addiction, whether it be alcohol, gossip, porn, lying, negative thoughts, anger, rage, or something else. Whatever it is, it all comes from the absence of grace. In the absence of grace, shame moves in.
If you can extend grace to other people, then you can give them permission to speak into your life and protect you.
People who affect you deeply are the hardest to give…
View original post 653 more words