The bad fruit of bad teaching has been discussed in previous articles. We see the fruit in a society run amuck. We see it in people who have lost the capacity to care, because they are so self-focused. It is evident in the methods used to protect oneself from further emotional pain. But, that does not mean we should not love and care for ourselves
This video goes great with the last post on this blog.
Protecting the self is an exercise in futility. Being vulnerable is counter-intuitive, but it is the path of true strength.
Listen to this 20-minute talk by Dr. Brown where she shows how being vulnerable is necessary for our true healing from the pain of shame.
Could it be that the true way to a healthy self-esteem and a powerful love of self is completely contrary to our natural way of thinking? Might the tide of self-loathing that is causing the eating disorders, depressions, suicides, school shootings, and drug addictions be stemmed if we began to try Jesus' method of love?
Is it worth a try in your own life?