Depressed by Your Sin?


Do you beat yourself up over certain sins (as I often do)? Here’s Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) on this apparently ancient dilemma:

Grief for sins is necessary, but must not be perpetual. My advice is to turn back at times from sorrow and the anxious remembrance of your ways, and escape to the plain, to a calm review of the divine mercies. Let us mingle honey with wormwood, that the salubrious [health-giving] bitter may give health when we drink it tempered with a mixture of sweetness: while you think humbly of yourselves [that is, when you’re down on yourself], think also of the goodness of the Lord (from his 11th sermon on the Song of Solomon).

I’ll try.

On a (somewhat) related note, isn’t it odd that beating yourself up means the same thing as being down on yourself?


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