There is a hidden and heart breaking epidemic of child abuse in the world today. On average, 6.6 million children suffer abuse everyday.
•Are you, or were you, one of these ?
I am one who was bound by the chain of abuse. There is no need to discuss any heartbreaking details because instead we should focus on the fact that there is a victorious ending that all of us can achieve .It gives testimony to the healing powers of Jesus Christ and the freedom that comes when we are able to “break free ” and forgive the abuser!
• Why is it so important to forgive?
When we allow a bitter spirit to lodge in our souls where it can grow and fester, it becomes both painful and destructive. Paul wrote, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:31,42)
We must remember, no pain is too deep to be beyond the healing power of God’s Spirit. He tells us in John 14:16 that He has given us a “Helper” which is the Holy Spirit, and He is with us forever.
For those of us who were abused by a earthly parent, He even reminds us in His Word that we belong to Him and that He is our “Daddy” – ABBA.
• ”I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18
When we are hurt in life whether it be physically, sexually, or verbally …we are at a great risk of being chained by the sin of bitterness. Bitterness is allowed to form in an unforgiving spirit. If we refuse to forgive another, we are only inflicting more pain upon ourselves. …Why? …Because by choosing not to forgive, we are actually putting ourselves in bondage to our offender.
Our forgiveness does not mean the person who hurt us is “off the hook”. It means that we are making a decision; a decision of our will; to trust God to deal with the person or persons who hurt us in His Time and in His way.
The Lord Jesus Christ has set the example for His children to follow. As the Roman soldiers carried out the Crucifixion, Jesus extended His mercy to them, just as He offers it to each of us. He prayed and said “Father, forgive them: for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Jesus has used my wounds for good in my life and has set me free in new ways. He has helped me live more fully, love more bravely and dare to be who I am. He has healed all my hurts; filled all my voids; and released me from the bondage of bitterness and unforgiving spirit.
Today, He is inviting you to step through His doors of Freedom!
Won’t you trust Him with your heart, soul, and hurts? He can and WILL heal you and set you free.Victory will be the ultimate destination because of “Whom” writes the story! ❤️
*If I can assist you or pray for you in any way please do not hesitate contacting me. I would love to pray for you and be your confidant.