This just came to me….thank you Jesus ❤
Self harm….something many participate in and have many reasons for this. All shame based.
It’s interesting and sad how wrong so many church people can get what God wants, and how much He loves us.
He doesn’t want anyone to hurt themselves. And certainly not to prove our love for Him. God is pure, perfect love. This does not require us hurting ourselves, for Him. Yes, be uncomfortable, act with courage, spiritual integrity, wisdom….but not get really hurt in the process, harming healing and wellbeing. I do know God does not want or expect that at all.
Self harm, is not only the religious practices some participate in. There are many, emotional, spiritual, psychological forms of self harm, and I have several. I had even more in the past. And it is weird that I still crave some of the ones I no longer participate in.
I know my deep desire to do what is needed for God….can put me into the non healthy boundary area, of thinking it is okay if I get hurt, to do what is right for God.
But, I do need to question myself about this. This cannot become an excuse, to harm myself. That will be an idol – my need to self harm, not at all what God wants. And I do not want to be worshipping my need to self harm. Because, I know what God wants, is absolutely perfect for what we need.
Boundaries…..yeah they are not one of my strengths. Still.
It is why I realise I have to be careful of unknowingly, going past those healthy boundaries of what God wants, and what I ‘think’ He wants from me. God does not want me to get hurt, in trying to help/save/protect others…due to the sins and evil others choose to inflict on people.
Hmmmmm…more to think about.