“Face of Christ” by Claude Mellan (1649), Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (PD)
Abuse frequently destroys the faith of victims, undermining our capacity to trust. While we may reject God or despise Him, He loves and values us. It can be difficult for us to reconcile God’s love with our experience. But that love is real.
Let me try and explain what I mean.
Self-Worth and the Cross
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3: 16).
As abuse victims, we were taught at an early age that we were worthless. Our needs were insignificant. Our feelings did not matter. Our bodies were not our own.
These were the inferences we drew from our experience with those who rightly should have loved and cared for us. God, however, sees things differently. To Him…
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