Series: The Destructive Power of Self-Inflicted Pressure
“God sees sin as pain, therefor healing is needed not punishment.”
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time.I don’t remember who said it, but it is absolutely profound.I have seen so many Christians (including myself)put so much pressure on themselves to never make mistakes… which is silly.We are human and we will mistakes.What is even worse, is that when we make mistakes we beat ourselves up.We “dogpile” as one of my clients says. It makes me think of the pile of humanity that happens in football or rugby… how do those guys breathe under there?We see sin as shame, therefore punishment and disgust are needed and healing doesn’t even enter the picture.We kick ourselves while we are down and then get angry that we are not getting back up.This is completely unhelpful.
When we are struggling, it is self-compassion that is needed.The word compassion means “to struggle with.”Self-compassion is to give space and permission for ourselves to struggle.This would mean that we speak kind, encouraging and empathic words over ourselves instead of the accusatory and self-loathing words that seem to be much easier to reach for.
Take the pressure off:by letting go of perfection, and by not kicking ourselves while we are down, but offering a kind and healing hand to help ourselves back up.
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