There have been times the Lord has prompted me to share my shame.
There have been times he has prompted me to share things that have long been hidden, things I have tried to convince myself did not happen, things I have tried to forget and tried to block out altogether.
And each time a part of me was fearful to share. Would they understand? Would they judge me? Would they see me differently? Would they love me still?
In those moments I reminded myself of His Word and His truth.
Be strong and courageous, for He is with me.
I am loved with an everlasting love.
Perfect love casts out fear.
I am forgiven.
And with His encouragement, I shared. I shared my painful past. I shared my horrible mistakes. I shared in complete honesty and with complete vulnerability. I shared because He directed me to.
And miraculously, I felt better. Miraculously, I felt peace.
The chains that kept in darkness, the chains that held me captive, the chains that announced my shame were broken. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.
And what’s more, most of them didn’t judge. Most of them could relate in some way. Most of them felt compassion for me instead.
And what’s more, most of them did, in fact, see me differently. They saw me as better than I was before. They saw me as brave, as vulnerable, as authentic.
And what’s more, they loved me still. In actuality, some of them loved me more so.
2 Corinthians 3:17 states, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.”
Even with the darkest, most shameful secrets freedom can be found. God has the ability to forgive you. He has the ability to free you. He has the ability to give you a new life in Him.
Yes, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
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