He says that his mother taught him, by her example, to manipulate and use guilt as a tool to use and abuse others. She taught him that if he didn't talk about it, what was done to him wasn't that bad. And so, he learned that what he did to others sexually and emotionally didn't really matter. She taught him to be false and guarded around others. He went on to tell me that once when he was sick with a fever, his mother left him home alone for three days so she could spend time with her boyfriend. This taught him that he could never expect anyone to be there for him when he needed them. So, he learned to be alone and to share his problems with no one.
Here and now he forgives his father for the lies he imparted on him and for the emotional and sexual abuse he inflicted on him. He does not hate his father; he Loves him. He has promised his father that he will no longer walk in the lies, but hold tight to the Truth and Love that goes deeper in him than any falsehood that he had accepted earlier in life. The Truth of JESUS CHRIST and HIS Love for him!
Here and now he also forgives his mother for leaving him, for teaching him how to manipulate, for teaching him to maintain self-pity as a mind-set, for teaching him to wear masks, to distrust, to hide his true feelings, even in his relationships. He does not hate his mother; he Loves her. He says that he promises her that he will no longer live in her lies, but that he will walk in the Love and new life that has been given him through JESUS CHRIST, our LORD, our GOD.
As you may gather, his early life was based on lies, but thank GOD that HE has replaced those lies with HIS Almighty Truth and has transformed this young man from a user and abuser to one who can truly Forgive, Love and Care! Thank YOU, JESUS, for YOUR Amazing Grace, Love and Truth that comes with this new life that has been given to this young man. Have they done that for you?
Dear FATHER, Thank YOU for setting us all free from the lies others believed and taught us! Thank YOU, LORD, for the Bible and for Christians who Love us and teach us YOUR Way. Thank YOU for YOUR Infinite Grace, for robing YOURSELF in flesh, coming to this world and being the Ultimate Sacrifice, for the cleansing Blood of The Man, JESUS CHRIST, and for the ministry of YOUR HOLY GHOST, Who is making The Truth real in our lives. We Praise YOU, Glorify YOU and Pray to YOU, in YOUR Mighty Name JESUS. Amen.
Reading Psalm 10:1-18 this morning….