Victims or Victors?

Some people allow themselves to develop a persecution complex; a victim mentality. This way of handling life started with Adam; “not me…Eve made me do it.” Several years ago a saying was used too often –“the devil made me do it.” Many people do not want to take responsibility for their actions or reactions.

Jesus calls us to repent of a victim mindset:

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” Romans 5:17


This truth will enable us to think of ourselves not just as a victim—or a survivor—but as an advocate. It is our choice of reactions to life and our walking in the truth of God that makes the difference; the choice for which mind-set we live in.

Are there true victims? Yes.

Those who have been abused as children, people suffering from violent crimes—and the families of these people — are true victims. But while man may violate or hurt our bodies it is our choice whether we allow the deeds done to us to keep hurting our emotions and our spirit—to adversely affect our whole lives. Is any person who hurts others worth giving our happiness, joy, peace and contentment to?

We can choose to say yes to the question Jesus asked the infirm man at the pool of Bethesda, “Wilt thou be made whole?” Will you choose to be healed?

— Sharon Merhalski

Published in: on July 24, 2008 at 6:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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