Have you noticed a huge spike in victims? Yes, I said it. People are capitalizing on victimizing others, and keeping them in a victim-like state. They swoop in to people's personal traumas, and keep stirring the pot. Why, though? Why do people constantly exploit someone's past, and keep them in it? Do they like torturing people? I think the answer is both "no" and "yes." I say "no" because some regret perpetually hurting others, but the attitude of many who seek such an agenda is "The ends justify the means." In other words, you, your past, your trauma are all expendable if it means the cause gets it's desired outcome. I say "yes" because those who desire power, whether over a few or over many, do not care who they trample on, so long as they stay in power, and the victims of the world provide near endless votes, problems which bring promises with no easy solution (And so I can act like I care without having to do anything), and a way to emotionally bully those who disagree. They don't steal joy, we willingly give it to them. Society does not accept this behavior in marriages, but we flock to charismatic leaders who do it over and again. This is why the world hates Jesus. Paul writes "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37). This means that in Jesus, HE defines us, not our past, not our abuses, not our problems. We go from chains to victory. The world cannot control or emotionally manipulate those who are firmly held in the arms of Christ, and so they seek to destroy His following by any means necessary. Consider this for a moment: why is Christianity being so heavily punished and trampled on in the parts of the world (and even in some western places) where the religion or government controls every aspect of someone's life? It's because when people find TRUE freedom in Christ Jesus, they think for themselves, and seek to please God, not people. It's because to follow Christ means that we don't have to work on our own way of saving ourselves, Jesus has already done the work. It means that all of our hope rests in Jesus, and nothing in this life can satisfy that hope BUT Jesus. Victims are easily controlled, victors in Christ have already won. Choose who you will be, who you will serve. Serve your trauma, and you will forever be a victim manipulated by those who won't ever help you. Serve Jesus and, even when the storms of life or oppression or troubles hit, you will have peace beyond understanding and control. Romans 8:18-39 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.