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Self Pity?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The following is a paragraph from John MacArthur's study Bible. I found it to be captivating and pertinent to the questions I'm asking today.

“The basic theme of Psalms is living real life in the real world where two dimensions operate simultaneously; 1) a horizontal or temporal reality. 2) a vertical or transcendent reality .Without denying the pain of the earthly dimension, the people of God are to live joyfully and dependently on the person and promises standing behind the heavenly/eternal dimension. All cycles of human trouble and triumphs provide occasions for expressing human complaints, confidence, prayers or praise to Israel’s Sovereign Lord.”

I was wondering : Am I self pitying? Do I have REASON or excuse to pity myself? This seems to say that I can be real before God about my pain but leave it with God and go on to live in joy and gratitude before the rest of the world.
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  • _LINDA
    I always hear to leave your troubles in God's hands and live your life to the fullest you can. He helps those who help themselves etc., Celebrate in the joy and Glory of the Lord. But He should understand the flesh is weak. To feel sorry for yourself is not saying you have lost faith. It is simply acknowledging your reality. You really can't say your life is filled with joy and happiness every minute of the day. Filling yourself with the joy and glory of the Lord does not take the pain away. We are only mere humans. There won't be one person on here who hasn't thrown a pity party for themselves at one time or another. There is no shame in it. Its just showing you need more help at this critical time in your life.
    Know there will always be your friends praying for you and thinking of you and wishing there was a way they could ease your suffering.
    {{{gentle hugs}}}
    2168 days ago
    I'll tell you, the severe pain of RA before I got treatment for it, raised a lot of existential questions... how can one face life and cope with such severe pain taking over one's brain night and day?

    • I believe faith can help and provide some inner resources of strength.
    • Christians have Jesus who knows pain and suffering as well as anyone.
    • I believe what I've read and I practice about gratitude being one of, if not the, best ways to increase happiness.
    • When I find myself in self-pity, it is not a positive thing and I find it best to knock it off, for my own sake.
    • Even if I have bad problems, there is always someone worse off.
    • There is a saying, something like, "Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional."
    God bless you, Cynthia. emoticon
    2168 days ago
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