1st Peter 2:9
2016 Frieda P. Smith
When I was a teenager, I accidentally started a fire in our apartment. The “expected” reaction should have been to put the fire out or alert my family and flee the premises.
I did the unexpected. I panicked. I picked up my orange cat, Pina, and stood frozen, watching the fire burn. My younger sister smelled the smoke, came out of her bedroom, and put the fire out.
My friends, it is easy to tell a victim of domestic violence, “I wouldn’t let him (or her) treat me like that.” However, we cannot determine how we will respond when faced with a situation until we are in it.
For someone reading this message, you vowed never to stay with a man who put his hands on you; yet, you did.
You stayed because you believed him when he said he was sorry (for the eighth time!).
You stayed because you felt some of the things you said prior to the physical assault fueled his or her anger.
You stayed because you are a Christian and the Bible teaches that you must forgive.
You stayed, because after years of emotional abuse, he or she convinced you that no one else wanted you.
The devil is a liar!!! have a word for you, my sister or brother. 1st Peter 2:9 reads, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
In other words, regardless of what your abuser told you, he or she is in the minority.
You are not unloved or unwanted. You are not worthless or inept.
As a believer on the Lord Jesus Christ, you are “His own SPECIAL people.”
You are special. Do not settle for anyone who cannot recognize it!
You are priceless.
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