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The Church recently released a new series of videos covering various aspects of dealing with pornography. This one deals with the difficult distinction between guilt and shame when it comes to pornography.
What is the difference between shame and guilt with pornography? When you feel shame, you may think that you’re a bad person and that you need to hide your mistakes. When you feel guilt, you feel bad for mistakes you’ve made, but you know who you are and what your values are, and you see an opportunity to change and be better. It is so important to remove shame from the conversation when your child has viewed pornography. Don’t shame the sexual feelings, but rather explain that they are what God intended. Help your child to feel your love and see the light that comes from repentance.