Those feelings the overwhelm our hearts with grief, and move us to tears....
Those feelings of shame and sadness for our shortcomings....
Cannot be manufactured or created.
They come as the product of a life lived righteously. Those feelings are a gift from the Lord that enlighten our minds and our understandings. As we see our lives in the context of the spirit that flows into it, our hearts can't but ache for those things we've done wrong and those we've hurt.
But those feelings only come from the Lord and are a gift to us.
|piety? enlightenment? humility?|
But hating ourselves is different from a painful awareness of our shortcomings as we strive to become more Christlike. God helps us understand him, see ourselves better, and have a better idea of where we are going and what we are working on. Satan simply wants us to hate ourselves and separate ourselves from God. Self-loathing becomes its own form of pride as we begin very often to tout our unworthiness and debase ourselves to be seen of men.
If we don't think we feel the way we should, we need to repent and draw closer to God, not hate ourselves and beat ourselves up and distance ourselves from God.