Today, many of us know at least one person who struggles with self-harm or struggled with it in the past. Why is this practice so common today? What are the factors that are driving teenagers to take this drastic action?
It is important for parents to ask questions like these so that we can better understand why teens cut themselves. The more we understand about this epidemic, the better equipped we will be to guide teenagers away from this harmful practice.
1 Reason Why Teens Cut Themselves
Today, some teenagers engage in a practice called cutting. The teens who cut themselves explain that it helps them cope with pain. But what pain are they trying to relieve? This pain originates from living with few boundaries or authorities—a cause of great insecurity.
Teenagers are exposed to and involved in so much sin today. Kids are not meant to be familiar with these sinful activities, and they are definitely not meant to be involved in them. But they are, often without ever receiving the proper consequences.
Some authorities, like parents, pastors, or teachers, do not believe that hindering or controlling misguided teenagers is appropriate either legally or ethically. Because kids aren’t being punished by authorities, they attempt to bring punishment upon themselves. While these teens may not be conscious of it, they are actually trying to pay for their own sins. What they need to know is that Jesus has already accomplished this work in their place.
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