Healing from Shame
John Bradshaw, in “Healing the Shame that Binds You,” wrote, “Healthy shame is the psychological foundation of humility. But, he continued, “To have shame as an identity is to believe that one’s being is flawed, that one is defective as a human being.” Very early in life we reject our authentic self and fabricate a false self to cover our shame. That false self is what Paul called the Old Man. The false self must be crucified so the authentic self can emerge.
Vulnerability is the way to be heal shame. When someone we respect opens up to expose their weaknesses “without shame,” others can begin the process of overcoming their own fear of exposure. Jesus modeled this way. He allowed his humanity to be exposed “despising the shame” on the cross.
On Word Ministries morning meditation