Shame causes us to retreat, to isolate, and to believe the lie that we are the only one struggling with a particular issue, thought, emotion, or sin.
Shame tells us that we are alone, that there is something wrong with us that is unredeemable or unforgivable.
In its darkest moments, shame attempts to undermine the truth and power of the gospel.
When we allow shame to fester in the darkness, its lies grow more and more believable, until they become truth to us. They become our identity, they shape our relationships, and they color our view of ourselves.