“I was afraid because I was naked so I hid,” was Adam’s reply to God when He came searching for Adam in the garden. There was a sexual nature to Adam’s realization of his disobedience to God. There is something about sexual brokenness that produces more shame, and consequently a deeper yearning to hide than any other difficulty we face.
In my previous post, “Hiding from Relationships,” I looked at how believing a lie from the Enemy leads us to experience condemnation and shame, which leads us to hide from God and others in our life leading to loneliness and idolatry. Nowhere is this more true than with sexual brokenness.
Sometimes we learn to believe messages of shame about ourselves when someone else’s sexual brokenness is perpetrated against us, such as experiencing rape, molestation, or sexual abuse. Other times we invite sexual brokenness into our lives through lust, adultery, or pornography. In this second instance 2 Corinthians 6:18-20 says this,
“Run from sexual immorality! “Every sin a person can commit is outside the body.” On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.”
God’s cure from shame and condemnation is His glorious truth! The only place shame can grow is in the secret and in the dark. If you are living with the crushing weight of shame from sexual brokenness then I invite you to come talk with one of us here at Rush Creek Counseling Center. We are honored to provide a safe place for you to confront the lies and loneliness the Enemy has entrapped you with. God’s truth is that He has created you in His own image with a value that can’t be stolen by any experience you may have encountered. We would love to walk with you toward the freedom that comes from living in this truth.