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Love those that persecute you

Love those that persecute you

 
By:  Mission Team October 15, 2020
#AmazingNation, #love, #Suffering, #YouMatter

Growing up, my childhood was pretty turbulent. My father, my sisters, and I were not allowed to see our grandparents/ extended family, we were not allowed to keep friends, and endured fighting between my mom and dad just about every single day. All of this stemmed from my mother’s mental illness. My mother has bipolar disorder and refused/still refuses to take medication for her illness. This caused her to be moody, possessive, critical, and unstable. There were times when I would feel safe with her and have happy moments, but those soon would be over when another fight pursued or when she would hurt someone.

 

Why did you leave us?
I remember when I was 15, she wanted to leave for Europe to pursue this fantasy that she believed would change her life for the better. We had no idea how long she would be gone. She left when my little sister was 6, and to my little sister…. my mom was her everything. She cried so much; it tore me apart. She was so hurt and I couldn’t do anything. She is a teenager now and is still healing/dealing with the trauma of her childhood. This caused me to be resentful and unforgiving towards my mother.

 

Love, not hate

 I am now in my early 20’s and have really grown in my desire to heal from my childhood wounds and grow in my relationship with God this year. I started this year to really delve deep into the word of God. The people I surround myself with encourage me to see the good in others; they reminded me that those who have hurt me are the ones who probably have no idea how truly amazing they are in God’s eyes. I started asking God to help me to love others recklessly, especially those who have hurt me or who are hard to love. The grace that God has poured on me during this season has really brought me great comfort and understanding. 


I Love you no matter what, mom.

This led me to reach out to my mom to let her know that I loved her no matter what. I remember her and I both crying and how she felt cared for. I’m still learning how to maintain healthy boundaries with my mom and others in order to guard my heart and my own mental health, but I believe this incident had brought me one step closer to loving my family and others with a reckless, Christ-like love.  Overall, I’m grateful for the hardships I endured during my childhood, because it helped me to have compassion and understanding for kids who go through the same thing; it has helped me to run to God and share with Him the struggles I couldn’t carry on my own; and it has helped me to understand that even those that I have the hardest time loving are hurting in their own way too. One bible verse that really encouraged me with this struggle was 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 which reads, “Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done in love.” 

Whoever is reading this please remember just how loved you are! You are a gift.

Photo Credits:
"Beautiful hands heart - Credit to https://homegets.com/
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"My Loved ones" by Nick Kenrick.. is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0



About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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