I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between a life lived surrendered to Christ, versus the abusive situation in which the psychologically sick leader distorts holy truth and teaches that the church member is to be submissive to him or her only. When the church member has been brainwashed by such a mockery of the Gospel, they can experience terrible and deep wounds. And it can be traumatic for them to find the courage to get out from under such a dysfunctional and sick system.
I’ve wondered if the person coming out from that misinformed and warped definition of the word “submission” would have difficulty understanding the word “surrendered” in the context of a loving surrender to Christ.
That loving surrender gives us the freedom and the beauty that is ours when we surrender to Christ. He is never abusive. Instead he is empowering. He wants us to fulfill the life He’s given us, and to be a blessing to other people. When we surrender our life to Christ, he transforms us.
In thinking about all this, I pursued the word “surrendered.” And the next thing I knew I was thinking about the word “rendered,” which is the main part of the word “surrendered” without the prefix. The only way I had heard that word in the past talked of rendering the fat from bacon. I kept thinking. These are my thoughts:
Each of us has experienced a set of life events. Some of those life events have been lovely and joyful. Others have been perhaps quite ugly and hurtful. Those events and how we have reacted or responded to them have helped to form who we are, like it or not. Therefore, in that sense, our life events and our responses to them have “rendered” us as the persons we are today.
What occurred to me next is a set of three short phrases:
That’s where our healing journey begins. That’s where our joy deepens.
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