Shame as the universal struggle of humanity
“Shame is a soul eating emotion.”― C.G. Jung
“The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made…was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.”― J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy
“I want to drag knives over my skin, just to feel something other than shame, but I'm not even brave enough for that” ― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train
“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.”― Brené Brown
“The most paradoxical aspect of…shame is that it is the core motivator of the super-achieved and the under-achieved, the star and the scapegoat, the righteous and the wretched, the powerful and the pathetic.”― John Bradshaw, Healing the Shame that Binds You
Scriptural Images of God removing our shame
1. COVERING. Genesis 3: God provides a covering for humanity as we experience our own shame.
2. CLEANSING. The whole system of atoning sacrifice: God provides both a sacrifice for our sin, but a “scapegoat” that would run away into the wilderness.
3. FORGETTING. The Sea of Forgetfulness. God declares that He will fight, not against us, but against our sin and cast them into the heart of the sea (Micah 7:19)