I feel like there is much confusion over the difference between guilt and shame.

Guilt is when we feel bad because of something we have done.

Shame is when we believe we are bad for something we have done. The difference is important to understand.

One can lead to our freedom and the other can lead to our destruction. Guilt is intended to bring us back into fellowship with God and others. Shame is designed to destroy you as a human being created in the image of God.

Shame only leads to condemnation. Guilt leads to life. God uses guilt to bring us back into fellowship with Him and others. Satan uses shame to separate us from God and others.

Perhaps this distinction is helpful.


Pastor Daniel