A READER ASKS

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“Dear Lord, I’m still trau­ma­tized and con­fused by an ex­pe­ri­ence I had a week ago: I went out with friends for a night of fun that turned out to be any­thing but. At first I was flat­tered when a good-look­ing guy came over and talked to me since I’m usu­ally the last one in our group of sin­gle friends to get male at­ten­tion. But at the end of a great evening, I let him walk me to my car and he pushed me against it and started kiss­ing and touch­ing me. I man­aged to get away and run back into the club. My friends were so out­raged that they wanted to call the po­lice. As shaken and an­gry as I was, I wouldn’t let them be­cause I felt that I par­tic­i­pated in let­ting what hap­pened hap­pen. I felt so good to be ‘cho­sen’ for once that I let go of my bet­ter judg­ment. Now I feel dirty…as though my own van­ity brought on this ugly vi­o­la­tion. Please help!”

—Paul in a let­ter to the Ro­mans, 8:1–2

Wis­dom of the Word

There is there­fore now no con­dem­na­tion for those who are in Christ Je­sus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Je­sus from the law of sin and death. We un­der­stand and yet…

We want to trust in the good­ness of oth­ers, but some­times that trust turns out to be mis­placed. When they vi­o­late us phys­i­cally or emo­tion­ally, our hurt and anger can quickly turn into self-blame. We should have been wiser and more wary. How do we stop beat­ing our­selves up over this?

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