When The Name Of The Pain Is Shame

A couple weeks ago, a certain detail of my former life (before Christ) made an attempt to sneak its way into the new. I won’t go into details. It’s an ugly part of my past, which unfortunately was self-induced through a series of lies and bad choices. It is something that I confessed and surrendered at the feet of Jesus years ago. Something I didn’t expect to rear its ugly head ever again.

But it did. With its appearing also came a familiar pain. It’s a pain that has, many times, caused me to question and doubt my identity and value in Him.

The name of the pain is shame.

Shame is ruthless and unrelenting.

It causes us to re-examine the promises that breathe the truth of who we are and what He has done for us. It tells us that our stains could never possibly be removed. That forgiveness is not within our reach. That we are destined to live forever soiled with guilt and humiliation. That the purpose and meaning of our lives has become rotten and spoiled.

Shame causes us to doubt. It causes faith to hesitate. It causes confidence to stumble. Trust to swerve and hope to falter.


I’m hanging out over at the blog “Me Too Moments for Moms” today. Come check out the rest of “When The Name of the Pain is Shame” over there.

  5 comments for “When The Name Of The Pain Is Shame

  1. Jason Dorrell
    December 7, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Hello Megan. I, too, know the pain of shame. My past is riddled with bad choices, both before Christ and, sadly, after Christ, where I let my sinful nature have priority. I am grateful for God’s grace and the knowledge that all I have to do is run to the cross when I feel Satan’s shaming and allowing doubt to creep in.

    Keep strong, woman of God and daughter of the Most High King. He is with you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. Many of my bad choices leaked into my new life as well. I think that is what I struggle with the most. But, like you, I’m so grateful for God’s grace and mercy. I know my tendency to wander and my need to abide close to His side. Blessings to you, brother!


      • Jason Dorrell
        December 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

        Blessings to you as well, sister. God looks on us through the cross of Christ, not the sin of our past. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12

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        • December 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm



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