False shame vs. guilt

People 0177False shame is a fear of being found out, exposed, humiliated, and abandoned.

Guilt is our friend, a gift from God that drives us to God, keeping us on the right path
(John 16:7–14).

False shame says, “I am a mistake.”  Guilt says, “I made a mistake.”

False shame says, “I am wrong.”  Guilt says, “I have done something wrong.”

False shame is from Satan and focuses on self-condemnation.

Guilt focuses rightly on sinful attitudes and behavior which lead to regret, responsibility, repentance, reconciliation, restitution, and restored relationships.

The remedy for false shame is God’s truth, his word to us.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power  of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1–2, NLT

The remedy for guilt is the cross.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death,  Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:19–23

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