Defense Mechanisms

These are defined as “unconscious resources used to decrease internal stress.” People often devise mechanisms to reduce conflict within themselves. I read articles stating that people use anywhere between five and twenty different ones. While no one agrees on the exact number, everyone understands that these are deep-seated patterns of behavior that each of us uses to handle the uncomfortable issues of life.

The message of the gospel is that you can put down your defenses because everything is handled in Jesus. You need not feel shame, insecurity, denial, or a reason to rationalize. There is no need to repress feelings or project them onto someone else. 

Jesus Christ died so that you might live in grace and forgiveness. As a result, you can let go of whatever bad was done to you and find peace. Not only that, but you can also move beyond your poor decisions, awful mistakes, and emotional failures. 

Most people’s natural inclination is to fight against people getting into the darkest parts of their lives. We try to keep our arms up and people at a distance. God wants to walk into our lives and embrace us with his amazing love.

Believe me, I know it is easier to say or write this than to live it. In Jesus, you can put down your defenses and find peace with God and within yourself. With him, there is no need to defend yourself any longer. 

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