When we feel like we must hide from God because of shame, we must remember that He has set us free from this through Jesus. Knowing that Jesus became the object of shame on our behalf makes us confident that we are delivered from it. This emotion is designed to paralyze us and prevent us from moving forward. It is a weight and a burden that causes us fear and leaves us hopeless. It is not enough for us simply to know about shame and what it does—we must deal with it to avoid suffering from its consequences. When the woman came to Jesus, washed His feet with her tears, and dried them with her hair, He helped her fight against the shame of her sin by giving her a promise of forgiveness. In the same way she had to believe His promise, we must also believe in what Jesus has done.