What’s the difference between guilt and shame? Many believe the words mean the same thing. The difference is guilt is a result of what I did and shame is the judgment of my actions.
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:10
Guilt is the feeling we get when we have done something wrong; It is Godly sorrow. When we repent of our wrongdoing, we are asking God to forgive us. Repentance opens the door for God to lovingly bring us back into right relationship with Him. In God’s forgiveness, our guilt is covered by His blood shed on the cross for us. Subsequently, He remembers our sin no more.
Shame is worldly sorrow that is painfully hidden in your remembrance concerning something improper. Often times we carry shame as a result of someone’s judgment of us. Shame, unlike guilt, doesn’t lead us to repentance. It doesn’t draw us closer to God but rather causes us to walk away, feeling that we are not good enough. Shameful thoughts must flee when forgiveness is allowed to complete its restoring work.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:1
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.~ Galatians 5:1
For years I carried shame brought on by the judgment of my past. It is when I allowed God’s forgiveness to wipe away my guilt that I was able to live a restored life in God’s transforming love.
*All Scriptures from NKJV
Lord, thank you for restoring love that sets me free from shame and condemnation. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. ~ Psalm 51:10
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