“Feeling sorry for yourself is one of the strongest, most addictive narcotics known to man. It feels so good to feel so bad. Self-pity arises so easily, seems so plausible, and proves so hard to shake off.”
– David Powlison, Journal of Biblical Counseling (Summer 2007, Vol. 25, No. 3) p. 7.
4 thoughts on “Powlison on Self-Pity”
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How incredibly true! How we desperately need Jesus!
That is so true, and an always timely warning.
I love Piper’s take on the subject, too:
“Self-pity in suffering is the taste left after your sacrifice goes unadmired.”
Sometimes these preachers hit a little too close to home, don’t they? :)
“Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.” John Gardner