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Beyond Sunday: Victimization

No Longer a Victim!

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Victimization is a multifaceted word. It means many things, but in the case of this “Beyond Sunday” blog post. We are going to use the word Self-image of Victimization also known as a “victim mentality”.

Self-image Vicitmization goes beyond just the definition of being a victim. It includes a pervasive sense of helplessness, passivity, loss of control, pessimism, negative thinking, strong feelings of guilt, shame, self-blame and depression. This way of thinking can lead to hopelessness and despair.

BUT… with God, there is hope!

God ‘s said, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Cor. 1:20 ESV) and “we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:11-12). “Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous” (Proverbs 2:20).

Yes, we all succumb to negative thinking, helplessness; and for some of us depression. The true challenge is knowing when “not” to give in. Real maturity calls us to be content when we are doing well and when we are not doing so well.

The level of maturity does not come from what we can do in our own might. It comes from knowing that there is a higher power. And if a few individuals 2000 years ago can be imitators of Christ through faith and patience. Then why can’t you and I emulate their behavior.

Until next time…