Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE CRUSH OF SHAME, from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only

THE CRUSH OF SHAME

Sexual addiction will abandon you every time, always making you face the burden of shame and loss alone.
Here’s how shame works: Shame brings misguided rules and regulations, a world of hiding and lies and make-believe with ruthless consequences for failure. Shame is an existence of personal condemnation. Shame makes us wonder if God regrets creating us. Shame makes us feel as if everyone else would be happier if we just went away. In shame we become our greatest judge, and addiction becomes our personalized form of self-execution. Shame erodes our bodies, our physical, emotional and spiritual health, making us feel mentally, emotionally and spiritually sick. Shame causes us to prefer to be alone, and this causes us to feel isolated and lonely most all the time. It’s like shame moves in, contaminating us from the inside out. We try to make peace with ourselves but can’t. Shame blocks our best efforts to heal and we stay stuck in self-loathing. In no uncertain terms we are, as it is written in the Psalms, "sick at heart" (Psalm 6:2 NLT).


Our loved ones made repeated attempts to call us back with their love. But we ran. They were willing to make up the distance between us. But we ran further in shame. We promised them sincerely we would "straighten up." But sadly, after they repeatedly offered us love and understanding, which we
often rewarded with habitual deceit, our families and friends would begin to lose hope. Feeling abandoned and hurt, we would agree with them, feeling as though we were infectious somehow. It would feel like no one lived in our world and resentment would drive us further from our loved ones. Sometimes our friends and families had to make the decision to cut all ties with us for the sake of their own emotional survival. Who could blame them?

I wondered where God was. Why didn’t He solve my problems? Why didn’t He straighten me up? Why wouldn’t He straighten me up? In my denial and shame, I had become an enemy to myself, and, unknowingly, at war with God and others as well. I was alone, desperate and dying and did not even consciously realize it. Many others have experienced this very same thing. Sometimes you’ll know it, sometimes you won’t.

My disgrace is before me all day long, and my face is covered with shame at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me, because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.
Psalm 44:15, 16 NIV

This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only 








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