This is the other side of Never Tell a Child They Are Personally Worth the Sacrifice Jesus Made.
The side I seem perfectly incapable of articulating. So much so I actually need someone else to write it to get it right.
The person who knows my blind spots inside and out. And protects me against their dangers like a champ.
See, I knew yesterday’s post deserved a balanced treatment. I was just exploring a fraction of God’s majesty. Tinkering with but a fragment of the whole counsel of God.
So not long after I published it I began to nurture today’s post in my mind. To toy with text like and an idea about “self-worth” versus “God worth.”
Then my wife commented. And wrote the post for me. So much better than I ever could have.
Here is an excerpt:
Maybe it isn’t our job to bolster self-esteem (and maybe it is), but it is certainly our job to point to the One who desires to bind up those hurts enough to allow a person to love others AS he LOVES himself. We don’t want to be too glib about the deep hurts that abuse cause. Christ obviously wasn’t. He came to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free. If abused children aren’t counted among the brokenhearted and the captives, I can’t imagine who is.
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