How can we approach those who seem reluctant to accept kindness ? Suffering years of abuse has thickened their heart . There is distrust and fear . One cannot be open about feelings one is a in prison within .
The painfulness can go on for years. Men /women need to meet and to pray together in community . As we know no man is an island . The healing process began when I decided to go to a prayer meeting at the request of a loving brother . There was no instantaneous healing . That comes one day at a time when we decide to follow Jesus .
I can say that I am a follower of Jesus and mean it in a profound way . That can only be true if I acknowledge that I am a sinner .
"Now you must repent and turn to God .(Act s 3:19)
"Then to all he said ,"If anyone wants to be a follower of mine , let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me . For everyone who wants to save his life will lose it , but anyone who loses his life for my sake will save it ." (Luke 9:24)