There is a huge difference between shame and conviction. Conviction is when we are made to see our sin for what it is. Shame is when we are more consumed with our “badness” than our sin. It is simply another form of self-obsession, and that is the reason it leads to more selfish acting out. Christ took our shame on the cross. If we are in Him, we will be convicted of our sin and see it as He sees it. Then we can CONFESS IT – agree with Him about it – and receive His forgiveness.
When we focus on Him, both His view of our sin and His provision of forgiveness for it, we can move on in grace! Christ took our shame. We are no longer defined by our sin.
And that is very good news.
– Troy Haas, First Steps