March 15, 2021

Numbers 21:7  The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you.”

What is the difference between guilt and shame? I heard a psychologist on a video explain it this way. Guilt means I did something bad. Shame means I am bad (https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&ei=UTF-8&p=guilt+shame+brene+brown+ted+talk&type=E211US105G0#id=2&vid=1954513f042de117e9bf66b4a46f2f62&action=view). We don’t lose our dignity when we admit guilt, we affirm it. To say we are wrong to God affirms that God made us to be better than that. To say we are wrong to God affirms that by God’s grace we can be forgiven. To say we are wrong to God is the act of faith that believes God’s love is stronger than our rebellious hearts. We can be who we really are before God and with God’s people because God’s love gives us dignity, dignity worth the death on the cross.

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