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Do you think of shame as a useful concept? The Psalmist asked that he not be ashamed, and you have my promise that those who believe on me shall not be ashamed. Yet the awareness of causes of shame can serve to guide you away from them. This may be a negative motivation, but if it serves to keep you on the strait and narrow way, then it serves a useful purpose. Just as the law is a schoolmaster to bring you to me, so shame is a caution to keep you from evil. It is not something I desire for you, so I gave you a conscience that you may anticipate shameful things and avoid them. Keep your conscience clear and sensitive and strong and you will never be ashamed.