Have you ever congratulated yourself for not drinking, smoking, gambling, doing drugs or fooling around? Did you pat yourself on your back and feel good about it thinking you don’t carry on like the rest of the world seems to?
There is something outside of the before mentioned list that damages our body, soul, and spirit a lot of the same way. What is it you may be asking? Well, it is an ugly little thing we call self-pity. It seems to be more destructive than anything else. I call it the sabotage of self-pity. It can literally eat you up physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is a serious enemy and we need to be actively fighting against it.
I love this segment written by Francis Roberts, “Your physical energy is a gift from God, entrusted to you to be used for his glory. It is a sin to take this gift and dissipate it through the trap doors of the evil emotions of the disposition. Look not upon others and condemn them for jeopardizing their health by harmful habits and wasting energy on vain pursuits while you yourself undermine your own health by unworthy emotions and take time, which by keeping your mind in an attitude of praise and faith could be constructively employed, but instead you allow this time to be a period of destructive action by entertaining such things as self-pity, remorse, and evil surmisings.”
How can we fight and seriously pursue handling self-pity correctly?
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
WE HANDLE SELF-PITY CORRECTLY WHEN WE FOCUS ON THE GOODNESS OF GOD.
What is something you find yourself doing to actively combat self-pity when you feel it knocking at your door?