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|Christ Esteem: Looking Down on Yourself?|
Restoring Families: Overcoming Abusive Relationships through Christ
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Thoughts for Today
Abuse, whether physical or verbal, erodes confidence and self-esteem. We begin believing what we are told about ourselves; we think that anyone treated so violently and abusively must deserve it. These beliefs are often accepted early in life and become part of the initial screen through which all information is processed. Even if abuse occurs when we are older, the intensity of the experience makes it a formidable opponent to positive self-image.
This week we will be considering more about who we are in Christ. As we learn to let Jesus help us take our eyes off ourselves and begin the process of putting our eyes on him, he is able to heal us.
These thoughts were drawn from
Restoring Families: Overcoming Abusive Relationships through Christ by Janet M. Lerner, D.S.W. This study helps to minister to families caught in the cycle of abusive relationships. The curriculum deals with overcoming these abusive relationships through Christ and is recommended for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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