You see, religion alone can only take a person so far. Religion can make us nice, but only Christ can make us new. Religion focuses on outward behavior. Relationship is an inward transformation. Religion focuses on what I do, while relationship centers on what Jesus did. Religion is about me. Relationship is about Jesus
Shame usually follows a pattern""a cycle of self-recrimination and lies that claims life after life. First, we experience an intensely painful event. Second, we believe the lie that our pain and failure is who we are""not just something we've done, or had done to us""and we experience shame. And finally, our feelings of shame trap us into thinking that we can never recover""that, in fact, we don't even deserve to.
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