Self-Pity. Have you ever heard of it? Have you ever experienced it? Have you had a pity party lately? Webster’s dictionary says self-pity is “a feeling of pity for yourself because you believe you have suffered more that is fair or reasonable.” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-pity
We don’t realize it when we’re feeling sorry for ourselves, but pity parties are very destructive, not only to ourselves, but to everyone around us. Her’s why.
Self pity is another one of those things that drains us of our physical energy. It slows us down, and we loose motivation. It affects us emotionally, and often leads to depression. It affects us spiritually as well. We don’t have the energy, or the desire to do the things God wants us to do. When we are focused on ourselves we’re not thinking of others, so all our relationships suffer.
Being informed about a subject will help us to deal with it more effectively. I remember when I first started having anxiety attacks. I didn’t know what was going on. I thought I was having heart problems, and that scared me, making the attacks even worse. When I went to the doctor and found out what was actually happening, and better understood my condition, I was able to deal with it, and eventually it went away.
Self pity is one of those things that everyone can, and should live without. It’s really a tool of the devil. Not just a tool, but a weapon. The sooner we realize that fact, the sooner we can be on our way to deliverance from the oppression of Satan and his evil forces.
If you ever end up in a situation where you are feeling sorry for yourself, and throwing a pity party, here are a few things that will help get you back on the right track.
Think about Jesus and the sacrifice he made so we could be free from the power of sin and oppression. Don’t allow that sacrifice to be for nothing in your life. God, and Satan both want our allegiance, and contrary to what some believe, we have to choose one or the other. It’s a daily choice, too, not just a one-time thing. Self-pity takes our minds off this fact and puts it on ourselves. Get your mind back on God.
Change your attitude about self-pity. Ask God to help you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. Ask him to make you sick and tired of it. Ask him to deliver you from it. Recognizing where self-pity leads, and what the end results can be, we must refuse to go down that road.
Refuse to dwell on bad thoughts and feelings. That’s a hard one, but once again, the answer in found in God’s word. Philippines 4:8 tells us to think about things that are true, things are honest, things are just, things are pure, things are lovely, things that are of good report, and things that are worthwhile and worthy of praise.
When we do this, we will not have time for self-pity. We won’t even be thinking about ourselves and our problems when we give it all to Jesus. Kick self-pity to the curb. You know you need to. Just do it. You’ll be glad you did.
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