Wounded Souls

The news is full of stories about childhood sexual abuse, but most of the articles leave out one important fact. Even one incident of sexual abuse can change a child’s life forever, leaving anger that can be turned outward to the abuser, but is usually turned inward. Even if the abuse is just touching or inappropriate exposure, it can have a life long effect on the child. The story doesn’t stop there. Child abuse leaves a wounded spirit that opens the door for Satan to implant lies into the child’s soul. People can tell the child the truth, but that may have little impact on the core beliefs of the child: “I’m alone, I’m dirty, I’m worthless, I’m powerless,” and on and on. These beliefs can become so entrenched in the child’s mind that only the truth of Jesus can abolish them. 1 Corinthians 6:16 NIV says, “Or do you not know that he who is joined with harlot is one body with her? ‘For the two,'” He says, ‘shall become one flesh.'” That doesn’t mean the abused child is possessed by the other person or by the devil. I believe it does mean there is a soul wound that must be healed by God. The Lord in His love and mercy followed that statement with comforting words. “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” If you were abused as child, there is hope. Please hear this. Jesus can heal your pain. Find a Christain counselor and get help. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

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5 thoughts on “Wounded Souls

    • Linda,
      You responded to my blog post Wounded Souls in December. I am just now learning what to do with my blog, so I wanted to send a late reply and thank you for your sweet comment. You are right. Accepting God’s love is the hardest part of healing from abuse. I am going to check your blogspot now.
      Blessings,
      Jean

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  1. So many counselors are not trained to know how to help incest survivors heal. Many counselors also have their own unresolved issues that can affect their work. I have learned that if one counselor doesn’t work then I can keep looking until I find one who does.

    A major part of my healing was turning back to God. I felt so worthless as a child and young adult that I didn’t see how even God could love me. Even when I started talking to God again, I was angry at Him. One day a Bible class read about Jesus getting so angry that he threw the money changers out of the Temple. That day I realized that anger could be good and could have a healthy place in my life.

    Years later when I was angry at God, some voice inside me told me that it was okay to be angry at God. Part of my healing was feeling that anger and knowing that God was okay with my anger. He wasn’t going to punish me because I was angry at Him. His shoulders were wide enough and strong enough to carry anything that I threw in His direction. Finally I worked my way through my anger. God is not only my Heavenly Father, He is my friend. Friends are okay with you getting angry at them sometimes.

    These are my opinion. You don’t have to agree with me. They make sense to me. This has been part of my process of healing and forgiveness.

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  2. Patricia,
    Thank you for your healt-felt comment. You are so right about counselors. In order to heal, you must find someone you can trust, but trust doesn’t happen over night for a person who has been sexually abused. It takes time. Still, I think you know when you have found the right counselor.

    You are also right about anger. Anger is an emotion. If it is a sin, then so is joy. We are instructed in the Bible to forgive as Jesus forgave us. I know that takes time. First a person must actually feel the pain, then the forgiveness will come. There are so many emotions for a person who has been sexually abused. It requires effort to face the pain and move on. I do believe we that still small voice is still speaking today. The voice of Jesus heals.

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