The second deadly mindset is a subtle but powerful enemy of truth. It is shame – a mindset of self-hatred that fuels destructive behaviors and distorts reality. Shame proclaims, “I am worthless and defective, hopelessly screwed up, and if you really knew me, you would never love me.”
When shame becomes our mindset, we often get trapped in a cycle of sin that perpetuates the enemy’s lies about us. To numb the pain of our self-hatred, we act out – experiencing momentary relief. But then we feel even more shame and self-hatred. The urge to find relief overwhelms us, and it isn’t long until we’ve acted out again – despite our efforts to stop. See the cycle?
Fortunately, we have a Savior who bore our shame. In Him, we can finally find the freedom to value ourselves as children of God.
– Troy Haas, First Steps