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Overcoming Shame and Self-Condemnation: Finding Healing in Him

Hey there, Overcomers in Him! 👋 Today, let's tackle a topic that many of us encounter on our journey of faith - shame and self-condemnation. It's important to remember that overcoming these burdensome feelings requires understanding, grace, and the power of Scripture. We'll also shed light on how even those within the church can unknowingly contribute to this struggle.

1️⃣ Embrace God's Unconditional Love: Remember that in Him, you are unconditionally loved, cherished, and accepted. Scripture tells us in Romans 8:1, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." God sees you through the lens of His unending grace and forgiveness. Accept His love and reject the shame that tries to hold you back.

2️⃣ Seek Healing Through Scripture: Dive into the Bible, the living Word of God, and discover the promises and stories that remind you of your worth and redemption. Psalm 34:5 states, "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." Let the truth of God's Word saturate your heart and mind, reaffirming your identity in Christ.

3️⃣ Unblock Your Heart through Vulnerable Community: While the church should be a place of refuge and support, it's not always immune to causing additional trauma. Recognize that some individuals, even within the church, may unintentionally contribute to your shame or self-condemnation due to their own shortcomings or misunderstandings. Seek out trusted individuals, such as safe pastors, trauma informed coaches, or mature believers, who can provide a safe space for you to express your struggles and help you find healing.

4️⃣ Seek Counsel and Professional Support: There's no shame in seeking professional help! Sometimes, overcoming deep-rooted shame and self-condemnation requires the assistance of trained professionals who specialize in mental and emotional well-being. They can guide you through the healing process, help you uncover underlying factors, and equip you with practical tools to overcome these burdens. Overcomers in Him has many levels and options for your specific needs.

5️⃣ Prioritize Self-Compassion and Self-Forgiveness: Understand that shame and self-condemnation are not from God, but tools used by the enemy to keep you trapped. Replace self-judgment with self-compassion. Remember, you are a work in progress, and God's grace and the blood of Jesus covers your imperfections & mistakes. Embrace forgiveness, both from God and yourself, knowing that His love supersedes any mistakes or regrets.

As Overcomers in Him, let's create a culture of grace, understanding, and support within our church communities. Together, let's break the chains of shame and self-condemnation, offering healing and hope to those who are struggling. Remember, you are not alone on this journey - God is with you every step of the way, ready to restore and empower you to embrace your true identity in Him.

Stay strong, Overcomers! ❤️

Love & blessings,

Connie Diffenderfer, BSN, RN, NC-BC, BC-MHC

Need help? Email me so that we can set up a Discovery Call and discuss the best options available to help you break free, heal, and overcome in Him!


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