Sometimes spiritual abuse happens again and again from the same perpetrator. Such ongoing spiritual abuse teaches us that it will most likely happen yet again. It makes us fearful, wondering when the other proverbial shoe will drop.
Repeated abuse can make us second guess everything, wondering if it was our fault somehow. In a sea of bewilderment, we begin to feel unworthy. That shame makes us doubt the faith we had believed and steals our joy. We struggle through each day with that angst in the pit of our stomach. Such stress and unhappiness can make us physically ill.
We need something to cling to, front and center. We need to dig deep and find the determination to hang on for dear life until this storm blows over. Scripture verses are a good example of what to cling to. Jeremiah 31:3-4 is a good example.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I will build you up again,
and you will be rebuilt.
God loves you completely and irrevocably. He always has and he always will. He loves you in this moment of your emotional storm.
Think of the person speaking them to you as being God himself. God did not do this to you. The abusive behavior did not come from God. A person who is unhealthy spiritually has done this to you. It is not your fault.
God is your creator. When he created you, He said, “It is good” and gave you his original blessing. He loves you completely and irrevocably. When you repeat those words from Jeremiah, think of God saying them to you specifically.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love…I will build you up again, and you will be rebuilt.”
Fiercely cling to these words at the center of your heart until the storm dies down.
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