The emotional scars from childhood sexual abuse can badly damage a woman’s view of herself. But any woman’s self-esteem may be skewed by the world’s sometimes superficial values.
Poor self-esteem can be crippling. The negative feelings associated with childhood abuse often hold abuse victims back from becoming all they might.
Sadly, many of us castigate ourselves for problems and perceived “failings” that are actually scars of the molestation, or coping mechanisms we adopted as children to deal with the pain. The constant self-criticism is like acid rain for the soul, corrosive and debilitating.
God does not evaluate human beings as we do. He looks at the heart, while the world tends to look only at the outer shell (1 Sam. 16: 7).
Scripture emphasizes Christ’s great love for us, and encourages us to combat these negative feelings whenever they arise.
“…[N]either death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8: 38-39).
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