Watch Out For Self Pity

Phil. 2:4 Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not merely his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. God has placed within each of us a godly compassion, which is having pity on those who are hurting. Jesus, our example, wept with compassion and godly pity over the city of Jerusalem. He saw the people through the eyes of His Father. They were like sheep without a shepherd, wandering, without hope. Godly pity and compassion will cause us to take action, to help. But there is another pity and that is self-pity. This is perverted pity. It is taking what God put inside of us, to be used to help others, and it is turned inward on ourselves. Self-pity is one of the tools the enemy uses to hold people in bondage. Self-pity will cause you to believe that no one likes you, that everyone is against you, that it's the other persons fault, not yours. Instead of helping others as God intends, that person is always in need. It's time to turn the tables on the devil. Start showing compassion and godly pity for others and watch self-pity disappear.