Matthew 18:7-Woe to the world because of the things that
cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through
whom they come (NIV)!
Fifty years after the abuse, I still suffered from shame and lack of self-esteem. I didn’t believe that I was worthy of love and kindness. I suffered from a life-threatening eating disorder.
Fifteen minutes of pleasure for that abuser equalled a lifetime of suffering for me. My pain translated into wrong attitudes for me and I passed them on to my family.
Matthew 18:6- But whoever causes one of these little ones
who believe in and acknowledge and cleave to Me to stumble and sin [that is,
who entices him or hinders him in right conduct or thought], it would be better
(more expedient and profitable or advantageous) for him to have a great
millstone fastened around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea (AMP)
That millstone held me captive too. It dragged me down, and constantly
chased through my mind and thoughts. Christian therapist helped a little but I
finally found full freedom in Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 61:7-Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours (NIV).
Somewhere in the midst of Christian therapy, Bible studies and personal experience, God healed my mind and I was finally able to think on
something other than past horrors.
Philippians 4:8 –For the rest, brethren, whatever
is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honourable and seemly, whatever
is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and
winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything
worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your
minds on them] (AMP).
You don’t have to live with that millstone any longer. Freedom is available through Jesus.
Prayer- Lord God, give us faith to believe you as we enter into your peace from all the past distress that we experienced as a result of another’s sin (Luke 7:50) . In Christ’s name. Amen
Brenda J Wood