Shame Interrupted

Your Heart’s Cry

I don’t deserve Your love. You don’t know what all I’ve done. You don’t know who I’ve been. If You knew, the disapproval on Your face would be evident for all to see. I’ve stood in places no one should stand. I’ve participated in actions that can only be described as mistakes. One wrong choice after another with no exit door for the shame I hold inside. I carry the blame for my shame. My choices led me down this road, and it is these choices that have held me bound. I find myself running away from You. I cannot bear for You to see me like this. So, I come before You veiled, covered by layers of regret. I am not worthy of Your love.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Psalm 34:4-5 ESV

His Reply

My love is not for sale. It cannot be purchased, nor can it be earned. My love simply is. It is yours for the taking. I know all you have done, and I still love you. Look deeply and you will see not eyes of disapproval, but eyes of love and compassion. A wrong choice is just one choice away from being right. Choose to be free from the bondage of your shame. Do not let the shame, nor the sin allow you to continue in the same cycles, for they have become obstacles and hindrances in moving forward. I have come to interrupt the power of shame in your life. For too long, shame has been the dividing line between us. No more. Shame has lost its control over you. You are free to stand boldly before Me. Trust Me to love you—all of you—even when you do not love yourself. I alone can make you whole and set you free.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 ESV

Your Turn

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What steps can you take to overcome any shame you feel?

by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions ( and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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