Stop the Guilt Trips

I’m not a fan of guilt trips. This form of passive manipulation paves the road to hell. (OK, I admit that was a little dramatic, I’m just not a fan). We’ve all experienced guilt trips from people (parents are notorious) and we’ve all ended up doing things we didn’t want to do because of them. Maybe you’ve been on the giving end, laying on the heavy sighs and “if that’s how you feel” type statements.

People use guilt as a motivator in relationships when they aren’t getting what we want and don’t have the guts to say what they’re feeling. Here’s the truth: guilt trips are passive temper tantrums.

Listen to how Paul addresses this heart issue:

Philippians 2:4 (ESV)

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Guilt trips are a passive way of continuing to “look after our own interests.” Serving others interests means at times we must give up our own.

Say what you mean and mean what you say. People in our lives are much more apt to respond to genuine communication even if that means voicing frustration and upsetting them. No more passive aggressive tactics. Let’s own our emotions and communicate them clearly.

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