It started in the garden. #Adam and Eve hid from #God because they were ashamed of their wrongdoings. Guilt and shame can cause us to hide and stay in the background. They can prevent us from getting back up after an unpleasant event and can mar us for life if we let them. Guilt and shame tell us that we aren’t any good—we will never become all that we desire to be.
Sometimes the shame begins in childhood developing over time after experiencing some traumatic event, whether self-inflicted or inflicted on us. Messages of inferiority may replay in our mind like a broken record causing us to feel depressed and forsaken.
At times, it’s not clear who the real enemy (inner me) is. When we take on the burden of the wrongdoing, we begin to inflict ourselves with guilt and remorse. Instead of separating ourselves from the wrongdoing or perpetrator, we may consciously or unconsciously internalize the aggressor’s actions by falsely taking ownership and blaming ourselves or others. A scenario develops in which we question what came first—the chicken or the egg?
To cleanse ourselves, we must take responsibility for our thoughts and actions. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent. Both committed wrongdoings. Does it matter who did it first? Both the guilt and shame have serious repercussions in life if we don’t address them.
Shame causes us to hide our guilt like Adam and Eve even if we didn’t cause the wrongdoing. The adult that was molested as a child grows up feeling confused, inadequate, and guilty. The addict that can’t control their craving hides it and continues to self-indulge. It becomes a vicious cycle of engagement and hiding. Often this sense of inadequacy is reinforced by parents, so-called friends, and society that say you’re from the wrong side of the track, it’s in your blood, you’ll never amount to anything.
#Healing begins when we take ownership and admit that we have a problem. Adam and Eve stopped hiding and admitted that they were naked and had committed a wrongdoing. Even though they blamed someone else, God forgave, covered, and restored them.
His promise is still at work today to restore the years that the cankerworm has eaten up in our lives. In other words, God promises to give us beauty for our ashes and joy for mourning. His will is to see us healthy, well, prosperous, and enjoying the gift of life. I dare you to try him! If you like this post, please give me a thumbs up, comment, and brighten someone else’s day by sharing it.
To appoint unto them that mourn…the garment of praise for the spirit of depression; Isaiah 61:3