I have met Christians over the years who seem to look at any sort of writings from the fields of psychology, psychoanalysis etc. with a great deal of suspicion. My own feeling is truth is truth. Just a couple of quotes for this blog and not much else. They have come back to my mind recently as I come to terms with certain changes in capacity. It is easy for me to fall into a wrong type of disdaining of myself.
I hope what I share here may help. I am pretty sure some of us would struggle with quite a lot of what Carl Jung says, however I hope you can hear an echo of the compassion of Christ in these particular words , and can think of the obvious Scriptures that are relevant without me telling you. I hope they might challenge you to love the tender and weak places in yourself, the parts of you that may even hide from you! I hope what I quote here will help some of us become a safer place for ourselves. By the grace of God and the power of the Spirit I pray these various hopes I have will be fulfilled.
Here are the quotes:
“The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life. That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ — all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself — that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness — that I myself am the enemy who must be loved — what then? As a rule, the Christian’s attitude is then reversed; there is no longer any question of love or long-suffering; we say to the brother within us “Raca,” and condemn and rage against ourselves. We hide it from the world; we refuse to admit ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves.“(By the way Raca means calling ourself “fool!”)
– Carl Jung in Memories, Dreams, Reflections
“You cannot apply kindness and understanding to others if you have not applied it to yourself.”
– Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 515-516
Happy thinking. Allow yourself to come out of hiding and be loved by God and by you.
Love it Kenny. Going to share it. Thank you.
I think it was his quote that also said we meet through our similarities and grow through our differences.
When we think of Gods plan how Jesus came and now meets with each of us where we are,just as we are He is my similarity.A connection
The difference I understand is that I grow in,is our relationship with love ,with Jesus.
Understanding what perfect love means.
Desiring to grow in that love.
One of my favourite writers is Oswald Chambers. However, some mornings after reading his devotional, I spend so much time considering how great are my shortcomings that I forget to be kind to myself. What a wonderful reminder that there is love and kindness for us all – especially the vessels made of clay. Thanks again Kenny