Believe it or not, there are quite a few people who need to be set free from abuse. In fact, there are people in abusive relationships who don’t even realize it. For one thing, when most people hear the word ‘abuse’ they only relate it to physical harm.
Abuse is not just physical
But sadly, that is not the case. In addition to physical harm, abusers often use verbal and/or emotional abuse tactics. Furthermore, abusers use those tactics to intimidate, manipulate, and control another person.
So, when we look at abuse from that viewpoint, a person can be in an abusive relationship totally unaware.
Actions speak louder than words
Now, the scripture also warns us about abusive behaviors. In particular, 2 Timothy 3:1-5 English Standard Version lays it out very well. It says,
“1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,
4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
It is clear to see, even in scripture, that abusers exhibit certain behaviors. As a result, abusers intimidate, manipulate, and control innocent people. And those people need to be set free from abuse.
The poet Maya Angelou said it like this, “When someone shows you who they are; believe them the first time.” In other words, actions speak louder than words.
It’s time to get free
Finally, if you or someone you know is in a verbally, physically, and/or emotionally abusive relationship, this podcast episode will offer life-changing information. Join Lady V and me as we discuss how to be set free from abuse.
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