Every form of abuse is about power and control. True love is about mutual respect and honor.
PLAYGROUND BULLY: I’ll punch you if you don’t give me your iPhone.
PHYSICAL ABUSER: I’ll punch you where no one will see the bruises, act the hero, and tell everyone you’re crazy if you try to talk about it. No need to give me the iPhone.
SEXUAL ABUSER: I’ll hurt you and have fun doing it, then you’ll know your worth is bound in how you satisfy me. I own you and your iPhone.
VERBAL ABUSER: You &%#$! Give me the iPhone you little piece of $%&! Oh, you can’t give me the phone because you’re a nobody. You’re worthless.
EMOTIONAL ABUSER: Give me your iPhone because if you do not I will not love you. If you want it back you have to give me what I want or I won’t love you.
FINANCIAL ABUSER: Your money is mine. My money is mine. I will decide how much you can keep or spend. iPhone? You don’t need an iPhone because I want a new set of golf clubs.
SPIRITUAL ABUSER: If you do not follow the religious guidelines I made for you, you will go to hell. Guideline one: give me your iPhone.
Today’s Helpful Word
1 Corinthians 13: 4, 5
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered…”
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