Overcoming Manipulation

Overcoming Manipulation
Devotion by Pastor Alexander Redd
November 22, 2023

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
(Psalm 34:18).

Are you feeling crushed or brokenhearted because someone blames you for what you know isn't your fault? That's manipulation when someone often blames you for your reaction to something they did wrong that harms you, but they disregard their disrespectful behavior that triggered your response.

It's disheartening to realize that some people master manipulation, using it to deceive and control others. They twist your words, play with your emotions, and make you question your own sanity. But what's even more heartbreaking is how they effortlessly shift the blame onto you, making you feel guilty for reacting to their hurtful actions.

In these moments, it's important to remember that you are not at fault. You are not responsible for someone else's manipulative behavior. Their actions are a reflection of their own insecurities and shortcomings, not a reflection of your worth or character.
Romans 12:21 says, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Feeling hurt, angry, or confused is natural when you experience manipulation. Your emotions are valid, and you have every right to express them. Don't let anyone make you believe otherwise. Instead of internalizing their blame, take a step back and evaluate the situation objectively.

Don't let manipulators make you doubt your own worth. Remember that you deserve respect, kindness, and understanding. Psalm 9:9, " The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."

If you find yourself entangled in a manipulative relationship, it's important to seek help and support. Reach out to the Lord in prayer. Moreover, surround yourself with people who uplift and support you, appreciate your authenticity, and value your meaningful feelings. Talk about it with a trusted friend, family, or professional who can guide and help you through this challenging situation.

Listen, my friend, it's about time you break free from the chains of manipulation and reclaim the power of freedom that Christ Jesus provides. We can create a world where empathy, honesty, and genuine connections are available. Stay strong, my friend, and never forget that Christ values your worth. Want to learn more?

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