I would like to add to what was written in a previous post, “Shame On Us.”
Every single person living on planet earth has a problem with sin. What do I mean, “has a problem”?
Well, I DON’T mean people have a problem sinning; like they can’t find a way to sin! Not at all! It is so much a part of our nature, we have a problem trying to keep from sinning.
No one has to be taught to do wrong. There’s not a child born that won’t, someday, disobey their parents at least one time. And they don’t need instructions from an older sibling, either.
It all started in the Garden of Eden. Man disobeyed, and suddenly, they knew something was wrong. Maybe they felt guilty. Maybe they were ashamed. And why not? There certainly are consequences associated with sin.
Below I’ve listed 4 words: shame, conviction, ashamed, and contrite; along with their definitions. Please note, there is not much difference between any of the words.
Shame: a feeling of responsibility for wrongdoing.
Conviction: the state of being convinced of error or compelled to admit the truth.
Ashamed: a: feeling shame, guilt, or disgrace b: feeling inferior or unworthy
Contrite: feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming.
Shame can be likened to the “check engine” light on a car’s instrument panel. It’s an indicator of a possible malfunction, not the problem itself. It means, “you better have a mechanic inspect your engine and fix whatever’s wrong.”