Shame

Shame is "the painful emotion arising from the consciousness of something dishonoring, ridiculous, or indecorous in one's own conduct or circumstances, or in those of others, whose honor or disgrace one regards as one's own, or of being in a situation which offends one's sense of modesty or decency, disgrace, ignominy, loss of esteem or reputation."

Shame is the painful emotion you feel as a result of betraying your own code of ethics or moral compass. Shame indicates a soul taint.









Edna Lister on Shame

It is shameful to be found banding together against any of God's children. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 18, 1941.

To repent, wear sackcloth before the altar. In heaven, sackcloth is not an emblem of guilt or shame, but of full knowledge of law, a symbol of surrender to become the servant-instrument of all the Power, of the ability to sacrifice the last particle of self and so truly is a robe of glory. It means the intestinal fortitude really to dig down into the little self, face what you see and not say, "I don't understand," which reveals part of the self that you are digging out. The treadmill of the Wheel of Fate consists of this. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 1, 1944.

It is shameful that anything of the outer can cause you to descend. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 5, 1947.

Those who jeer shall one day hang their heads in shame over every word they have spoken. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 1, 1947.

It is a shame that you do not hold all the time, but let yourself sink into old ditches. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 17, 1956.

To "shed shame" is to say, "I don't know a confounded thing," to acknowledge the Supreme God only, to follow the way of sacrifice and surrender. All shame comes from not following this. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 5, 1957.

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the Throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2. You endure the shame of your failure to follow when you forget the shame of growing weary, despairing, ignoring lifting. – Edna Lister, The Cross, June 23, 1963.

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Treatments for Shame

When you feel guilty, go up, kneel before God and say, "Here I am, Father. Please cleanse all this guilt and shame, and make me Your strong one to release the Power for Your great work." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 30, 1957.

You practice "shame repentance" when you are "found out" or "caught in the act." Shame is not real repentance, but says, "I won't do it again," which is only mental repentance. Say, "I move up. I love You, God" to lift this fake repentance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 25, 1957.

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New Testament on Shame

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear. – Revelation 3:18.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2.

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Old Testament on Shame

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. – Proverbs 3:35.

When pride comes, then comes shame. – Proverbs 11:2.

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Shame in Other Sacred Writings

Observe opportunity, and beware of evil; be not ashamed when it concerns your soul, for there is a shame that brings sin, and a shame which is glory and grace. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 4:20-21.

Honor and shame is in talk, and your tongue is your fall. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 5:13.

The disposition of a liar is dishonorable, and his shame is ever with him. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 20:26.

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Etymology of shame: Old English sceamu, sceomu, "feeling of guilt or disgrace."


Shame indicates a soul taint.


Quotes

Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants. – Edmund Burke

Shame is the only grief without redress. – Pierre Corneille

Whate'ers begun in anger ends in shame. – Benjamin Franklin

The only shame is to have none.
Blaise Pascal

Nothing is truly infamous, but what is wicked; and therefore, shame can never disturb an innocent and virtuous mind.
William Sherlock

I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
Jonathan Swift


References

Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France, Volume XXIV, Part 3. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909-14; Bartleby.com, 2001, paragraph 102 [accessed March 2, 2017].

Corneille, Pierre. "Polyeucte," Volume 26, Part 2. Thomas Constable, translator. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909–14; Bartleby.com, 2001 [accessed March 2, 2017] line 326.

Franklin, Benjamin. Poor Richard's Almanac, no. 468. Waterloo, Iowa: U.S.C. Publishing Co., 1914, 46.

Pascal, Blaise. Pascal's Pensées. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1958, 194, p. 58; SBN 0-525-47018-2.

Sherlock, William. As quoted in Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. Charles Noel Douglas, compiler. New York: Halcyon House, 1917; Bartleby.com, 2012 [accessed March 2, 2017] line 1.

Swift, Jonathan. Thoughts on Various Subjects from Miscellanies (1711-1726) The Jonathan Swift Archive [accessed March 3, 2017].

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1981.


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