“Pity” is a word that often carries a negative connotation in our culture.
We speak of someone having a “pity party” when they are feeling sorry for themselves. Self-pity is not a positive trait to be admired.
In the Bible, we read of those who allowed circumstances to lead them into self-pity, like Jonah, Elijah, and even Moses on one occasion.
Pity can also be construed as a condescending attitude toward another person when we look down upon them with an arrogant, self-righteous, and disdainful attitude.
Yet, pity can be a positive trait to be practiced and praised. Continue reading