Abuse is to treat someone with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly. Many people deal with abuse(even as adults) and don’t know it. It doesn’t matter if abuse is verbal, physical, or mental it all has the same impact.
Abuse is normal in todays world. The world and abuse are long time friends. Since the beginning, people have taken advantage of other people, mistreating them without regard. It’s not right but the world has normalized it. We have become numb to mistreatment. You see the effects of abuse manifested in the world today. Because of abuse the whole world has been corrupted and hell has broken loose. People simply do not have it in their heart to care about others. It’s not that they’re cruel but the world is so cruel that it turns their hearts cold. We’re not born evil or abusive, but the environment shapes us to be that way.
There’s many ways a person becomes abusive, it starts in childhood. We should treat children tenderly, and make sure we are not causing any irreparable damages to their self image. Did you know abuse changes you at a cellular level? So that means if a child is being scrutinized and abused physically, it changes their DNA. Also it makes them susceptible to addictions. Biblically speaking abuse causes gateways for satan and demons to enter, changing their spirit, it’s very hard to fix.
Abuse doesn’t just happen in childhood, it happens in every stage of life. The more common ones when we’re older are with spouses and in the workplace. Workplace abuse is REAL, but it’s done mentally which is harder to pin down. Co workers and bosses abuse you, making you feel less than when you’re just trying to make a living. Then to top it off since it’s so normalized everyone expects you to suck it up and deal with it. How much abuse can a person take? This causes mental health issues. As mentioned before it doesn’t matter if the abuse is verbal, physical or mental your body can’t detect the difference and processes it the same. This means if someone traumatizes you mentally, it’s just like being a huge car accident where you lost your legs.
We should remember one of the first lessons ever taught “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all” because words have the ability to hurt people. The power of life and death is in the tongue Proverbs 18:21. We should be careful of our actions especially with children, if you think you may have abusive qualities, then get help before you spread it around. Hate is contagious disease.