In my sermon on Sunday I spoke about overcoming guilt and shame. One of the things I mentioned was the name Satan translates as “one who slanders”. The thing that Satan hates about us is that we bear the image of God. It is his intention to discredit, scar, and distort that image any way he possibly can. The point of slander is to take truth and pervert it with lies.
That is where guilt and shame come into play. When we allow guilt to stay with us rather than directing us back to God, it eventually produces shame. Shame is a condition that reminds us of our failures and causes us to self- identify as failures. Here is where low self- esteem and poor self- worth are born. These conditions are harmful to us as individuals and to us as participants in God’s Kingdom.
Overcoming slander can take time. However, it is impossible unless we replace the lies and untruths with truth. We need to be reminded of what God says about us knowing full well that we are less than perfect. Here are three verses that are short enough to memorize and powerful enough to undo the lies.
John 3:17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.”
These truths from God’s Word need to be played over and over so that they can begin to uproot the lies of the Slanderer. Once the roots are gone and we fully embrace what God has done for us, then we become free emotionally and effective for the Kingdom.
In short, our sins are forgiven in Christ. He does not hold them against us. As a matter of fact, He forgets them. We are free to do the same and move on with victorious lives. You are not what shame says you are. You are Sons and Daughters of God!