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).
Originally posted 11/10/13
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18 responses to “Acid Rain”
Deeply and emotively written- the lord is our only salvation. Blessings, Anna.
Thank you, Lance. Blessings to you, too.
My very sincere pleasure, Anna.
And, many sincere thanks!
I love your analogy here to acid rain; it is so accurate
I speak from personal experience. Thankfully, it is possible to survive and thrive, despite abuse.
Same 🙂 it’s nice to know that others can go through similar situations and still succeed in life
Of all the sorrows and traumas that I have experienced in my 66 years, nothing ever caused me as much anguish as the pain of not liking myself. Believing I wasn’t worthy of compassion and love. Thinking I wasn’t “good enough” to be treated with just common courtesy. This is what abuse taught me. Shame. Humiliation. Stigma. Self-hatred.
But praise God, through Christ I found my worth and value! I am His — and nothing can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, my Savior and my Lord!
My value is in Him. And no one can ever take that away.
Thank you so much, Luisa.
I love those verses.
One of our greatest battles in life is with ourselves– to control our negative self-talk.
You make a great point, Chris. I think that applies whether we are abuse victims or not.
yes i agree
self esteem is weak
confidence is trying
Very true. I felt this way for so long. But we are not what happened to us! We are survivors! God bless you! Thank you for sharing❤️
Thank you for commenting. ❤