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Are you an emotional thief

Updated on November 21, 2012

How is your relationship going?

Father, teach me to be compassionate, while protecting me from being manipulated.

I have met many emotional thieves in my life.

Emotional thieves are people who are compassionately dead to others while demanding attention to themselves.

When I have a hurt or problem and confide in them, they either: mock me and laugh about it, condemn me and say it is my own fault or simply don’t care.

However, if they so much as stub their toe, they behave like it is a national emergency and they world has to stop to take care of them.

It is same as with any accomplishment.

If I win a prestigious award and tell them about it, they are dead and only give an eh, or I could have and should have done better.

If they do anything, they like to stand on a pedestal and shout to the world their great accomplishment and expect me to behave as if it is the second coming of Christ. I find myself as cold as ice towards them.

How do you think Jesus feels?

When He reveals to us His hurt in say someone’s life and tries to move us to have compassion on them and we either laugh at them, condemn them or simply don’t care.

Yet, when we have a hurt or problem we expect Jesus to drop the whole world just to take care of our hurt or problem.

How do you think Jesus feels when He gives us spectacular sunrises or sunsets and alls we say is eh? Yet, when we miserly put a buck in the collection plate and say Look at that Jesus, isn’t that great. Aren’t I so wonderful? Aren’t You going to praise me?

How do you think Jesus behaves towards us when these things occur between you and Him?

How do you behave towards emotional thieves? Personally, I feel emotionally dead towards them. Would you like Jesus to feel emotionally dead towards you?

“’Tis paradise, if thou art here; If thou depart, ‘tis hell.”

Prayer: My beloved Yehew (god of His people) I thank you for having a circle relationship with me, one of giving and receiving. I do deeply appreciate all Your wonderful gifts You so generously abundantly give me and I am grateful for the opportunity to give back. I give thanks in the name of Your most beautiful gift, Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Good morning ignugent.

      Yes, we must always depend upon the Holy Spirit's guidence to open our eyes to those around us.

      God bless you.

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      5 years ago

      It is always good to be aware of the people around us. Very interesting and inspiring hub. :-)

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Good morning Ms Dora.

      I am happy you like the prayer.

      Yes we must depend upon the Holy Spirit to guide us in our attitudes and behaviour.

      May God send an angel to comfort, strengthen and encourage you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Amen to the prayer. Thanks for bringing this concept to our attention; I don't want to be an emotional thief, and I want to have the right attitude toward those who are.

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Good morning teaches.

      We must be firm but gentle with them. Then it is thier choice on whether to continue the relationship.

      May you and your family enjoy a feast of full bellies and full hearts this Thanksgiving weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      You are so right, TeacherJoe, the emotional thieves will keep you from enjoying life's blessings. Great lesson and thank you!

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Good morning shouldertheangel.

      I agree. You might be interested to read my next article about those who I find to be the most abusive towards Christians.

      I have learned (the hard way) to ALWAYS wait and pray before responding. It is very difficult at the time, but rewarding over the long run.

      May the Holy Spirit guide your walk towards Heaven today and every day.

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      Amanda Lyons 

      5 years ago from San Diego

      Don't forget emotional neglect. I often forget that innocent people are killed by people everyday, that Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust just like certain people deny events that hurt us, and other people love to tell us how we are feeling. We forget we have enemies. We forget to go to God and ask Him what we are supposed to do in a given matter or what He is doing or what we are supposed to learn.


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