Three Self-Salvation Strategies

The gap between who we are and who we should be always produces a reaction.  If we’re criticized, we defend.  If we’re rejected, we sulk.  It’s never neutral.  When we feel the weight of judgment against us, those who are addicted to their own sense of control – all of us – tend to slip into the slavery of self-salvation.  Our three most common and instinctual self-salvation strategies are fight, flight or appeasement.  All of them are consuming, but none is particularly productive.  The opposite, in fact.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 805

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