Some experiences, some conversations, along with some quiet times recently, brought to the forefront of my heart something that happens all too often in the lives of believers (all people, really, but we as believers have a hope and healing for our souls that others do not have—and psychology, apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, cannot offer).
Into the lives of the victims of abuse, whether physical, verbal, sexual, religious, or emotional, comes the messages that we are bad, we are not good enough, we are not loveable or lovely, or there is something inherently wrong with us as human beings. Even those who come from “good” homes, careless or cross words can wreak havoc with a child’s emotions and identity as God’s child, “…His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
Before conception God…
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