* Why do I to condemn myself, saying, “Look at my stupid family. There is nothing good about us. No wonder we hate ourselves.”
* Why do I justify myself, saying, “I am, after all, right! So quit arguing with me.”
* Why do I rely so much on my self-will, saying, “If I don’t make this happen, it’s obviously not going to get done. I happen to know that God helps those who help themselves.”
* Why do I think it’s all about me?, saying, “After all, doesn’t the good book say to love your neighbor as you love yourself? Besides, if I don’t make about it about me, life would be oh so boring. So, everybody look at me! I’m so into self-attention.”
* Why do I think I have a right to stick my head in the sand, saying, “Call it self-ignorance if you want. But why should I try to figure out this crazy world anyway? It’s no use even trying. And why would I ever want to take a look deep inside my heart? I’m not going there, and I don’t want to talk about it.”
* Why do I think I have a right to feel sorry for myself, saying, “No one has it as bad as I do? I am a bad person — unlucky and unappreciated — period. My Self-pity is not going to hurt me or you. So just leave me alone.”
That’s my question. Why do we do these things, especially in light of Colossians 2:13-15, where we read…
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. [New International Version]
Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets. [The Message]
All that self-hatred, self-justification, self-will, self-attention, self-ignorance and self-pity has been nailed to the cross. The old arrest warrant has been cancelled.
You are not guilty. You are now free — in fact strongly encouraged — to dismantle all those old ways of thinking that seem to be stubbornly sticking around.
Friends, don’t give all those old spiritual tyrants the time of day. They don’t deserve a second of your time!