19 Bible Verses About Overcoming Shame

While reading my Bible this week, something simmered inside my heart. I realized the Holy Bible has many verses about shame. Perhaps, we are in a period of time where we need these verses. A time when kindness has evaporated. And a time when meanness is unrecognizable- because it is so common. Someday, we might realize we are in a season where disgrace and embarrassment are marketing tools of an unhealthy society.

While some people cause shame unintentionally, others do so purposely. Watch the news, political leaders, or celebrities… and within five minutes the shame narrative has spread like wildfire. Not spiritual fire. Wildfire.

My friends, I challenge you to be less like the world. Pick your Holy Bible and feed on the word of God. Turn off the television and political feeds. This is your season to show kindness to those who are ill, hurting, frightened, or alone. The opposite of shame is approval, honor, and respect. More of this, please!
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Bible Verses to Overcome Shame

In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame. (Psalm 71:1 NKJV)

I cling to Your testimonies; Lord, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:31 NKJV)

The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools. (Proverbs 3:35 NKJV)

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2 NKJV)

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. (Proverbs 12:4 NKJV)

A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame. (Proverbs 12:16 NKJV)

Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored. (Proverbs 13:18 NKJV)

He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him. (Proverbs 18:13 NKJV)

Helpful Words From the Holy Bible

Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, But a companion of gluttons shames his father. (Proverbs 28:7 NKJV)

Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.(Isaiah 61:7 NKJV)

But am I the one they are provoking? declares the Lord. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame? (Jeremiah 7:9 NIV)

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Joel 2:26 NIV)

And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. (Luke 13:17 NKJV)

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 NIV)

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11 NIV)

In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. (Colossians 2:15 NLT)

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! (1 Peter 4:16 NLT)

Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (1 John 2:28 NLT)

Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21:7 NLT)

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