How’s your self talk? Sometimes the devil doesn’t have to do much work in our lives. Our self talk is so hateful towards ourselves that it brings the same effect. What do see when you look in the mirror?
Luke 6:45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
This is not to say that when you speak negatively about yourself that you are evil, only that what you think about yourself is evil. In other words, it doesn’t produce life affirming things, or good things for your life. I don’t go and look in the mirror when I’m talking to myself. No, I talk to myself all day in my mind. So when it says that what I say flows from my heart, I have to remember that it’s subconscious, or embedded belief, and that what I am saying to myself can either be constructive or destructive. What is the price we are paying for what you are promising will come to pass in your own life? Be kind to yourself.
The cost of negative self-talk will be negativity towards myself and others, missed opportunities, loss of potential, doing things to fit in rather than doing things because they add to my life.
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Yet honesty demands that we admit our negatives while Christ commands us to love ourselves as He loves us. It’s a juxtaposed dilemma born of the human sin nature/reality and buying into the way Jesus looks at us.
Confession, repentance and forgiveness are based on there is something to be confessed, repented of and forgiven for, otherwise there would be no need. What we see as negative self-talk, however, sometimes is the truth trying to get out from where we bury it so that we won’t have to deal with the root problem. Denial only guarantees our confusion because instead of dealing with the real problem our deflection ricochets suggestions either far worse or barely related to it.
Until we look the truth in the face through the eyes of the Savior, we cannot be free of negative self-talk except through denial.