07/12/17 Breaking the Chains of Guilt and Shame

  1. How are guilt and shame different from each other?


  • the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law
  • feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong,etc., whether real or imagined


  • the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous,


Guilt is feeling bad about what you do. Shame is feeling bad about who you are.


  1. What happens when we experience guilt and shame?
  2. How do we deal with guilt and shame?


Dealing with guilt

As a believer, I must understand that I am no longer guilty before God because Jesus Christ became my sin, paid the cost for my sin and received the punishment of my sin.  I am innocent!


1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Romans 8:1 ESV

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:31-34 ESV

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn?

Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.


Dealing with shame

Allow your identity, the way you see yourself, to be shaped by God. 


2 Corinthians 5:16, 17 ESV

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Romans 12:2 ESV

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


  • Affirm the identity of your brothers and sisters in Christ by reminding them of who they are “in Christ” and celebrating it with them.

Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.


Innocence and identity are what we need to break the chains of guilt and shame.

Jesus’ sacrifice makes me innocent before God and my identity in Him removes all shame.


For those who are In Christ, nothing I do changes the fact that I am innocent before God.

For those who are in Christ, nothing I do changes “Who I Am”.