Self Pity Part 1

As Christians, does the Bible advocate us dwelling upon the issues of our life to a point of reveling in ourselves? It seems that no matter how “spiritual” nor how many disciplines one practicies, when a trying time comes we quickly fall into a mode of selfishness desiring all, or just a few “mentors/friends”,  to join in with us. Is this Christian behavior? What does the Bible say about how one should handle such situations? Can anything be done to prevent this slippery slope we all have found ourselves at sometime in life?

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2 Responses to “Self Pity Part 1”

  1. I think it is ok to focus on your problems and ask for help and encouragement. Galatians 6:2 tell us to bear each others burdens. While the context is focused upon admonishing one another regarding sin, the concept is inherent. The greatest burden we can bear is sin. The inference is that all other lesser burdens should be shared as well.

    Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”

    ! Cor. 12:26 “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”

    We are also encouraged to seek counsel: Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety [some versions have “victory”]”

    While I’m not advocating self-absorbsion, I don’t think you should feel bad for facing your problems/burdens, seeking help in and from Christian brothers/sisters and seeking to move beyond these struggles.

    Miss you man. Hope this encourages you. Let me know if I’ve missed the point of your post.

    J

  2. JW-interestingly enough, all of the verses posted above also relate to community. Which could be another post altogether: difference between dealing with problems alone and/or amoung a community! Thanks for the comment.

    Jeff

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