Fix your eyes on Jesus!
Speak to your own soul
Tell shame, “Shame, you are worthless in comparison to the joy that is set before me in Jesus!”
Shame your shame by fixing your eyes on that joy in Him!
The gospel preaches to you of God’s mercy towards the unclean, the sinners, the ashamed, the outsiders – in Christ we are all together clean and pure, welcomed by God, and we belong to Him as children in whom His soul delights and in whom He will defend!
Stop comparing yourself with others!
Remember that Jesus is not ashamed to call you his brother (or sister!)
The gospel frees you from needing anyone’s approval but God’s, and He approves of you because of Jesus
The gospel sets you upon a path through the fields of suffering to the city of joy – and it is WORTH IT