“Shame is the raincoat of the soul, repelling the living water that would otherwise establish us as the beloved of God. It prevents us from receiving grace and truth where we need them most. Many factors contribute shame, but ultimately the problem is that we resist the reality of the Father’s love. We believe, falsely, that our sin and weakness disqualify us for receiving his love. But our Father is faithful. Through the cross Jesus removes every attitude that repels the truth of the Father’s love for us. That love surpasses the cursed thought patterns collected over a lifetime of pain. Though thick and well suited to repel love, our “shame coats” are no match for God’s love for us, a love revealed at Calvary” (Comiskey, Strength in Weakness, Chapter 4, pg 69).

The Cross and Shame

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