Prisoner of Shame

By Bindu Adai-Mathew

…And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

 The Bible tells us that truth has the power to free us, yet so many of us expend so much energy in denying the big white elephant in the room…everyone knows it’s there, but no one wants to acknowledge its presence.

Yesterday JMathis so poignantly opened her heart to share a family secret that wasn’t so secret in her family. But she tore open the veil on her life and her family so that one of us could be touched. One of us could reach out to that one person whom we know is suffering in silence. One of us could ask someone for help when we begin getting overwhelmed by those “blues” that just won’t seem to go away.

As she shared her story, my immediate thought was “you have nothing to be ashamed of!” 

Yet so many people are prisoners of shame. We allow it to shackle us down and prevent us from getting the help we need. And that is exactly what Satan wants. He would much prefer we live in bondage than freedom.

 So as painful or as embarrassing as it can be, be honest about your struggle. You don’t have to post it on the wall of your facebook profile…nor do you have to twitter it to all of your followers…nor do you have to write a blog about it…but be honest with yourself…and tell someone whom you trust…someone who can help you get the right medical or psychological help. So rather than being a prisoner of shame, allow the “truth” of your situation free you to seek the help you truly need.

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