Characteristics of Love Series
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It ALWAYS protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (emphasis my own)
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and with more people enslaved now than ever in history we can safely say that we have a monstrous problem on our hands. Human beings are buying and selling each other; men, women and little children. While I say the word “human beings” I recognize what drives this industry…evil, pure evil.
Women and children are forced to sell their bodies (actually someone is selling it for them), forced to have abortions, and are becoming drug addicts just to try to mentally, emotionally and spiritually escape their daily horror. There have been times when I have looked at what seems like an unconquerable situation, where heartache reigns and evil triumphs. Then, I remember what love is and who love is and my heart is renewed within me. Isaiah 61 promises that Christ came to set the captives free and God isn’t a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19) and it also says that He has given us what we need to overcome.
We can have faith, we can have hope, but the greatest of these is love (1 Corin. 13:13) and love is the greatest thing we can give. Remembering, that real love doesn’t exploit and it is the action of love that will bring an end to this atrocity. Love will not buy sex, love will not sell another human being, love will rescue, love will heal, love will reach out and love will not exploit because it always protects.
Next time you see a picture in the news of a woman arrested for prostitution, don’t skip by the article, don’t skip by the picture. Look at her, have compassion and pray for her (act in love). Next time you hear about a prostitution ring (trafficking ring) being busted, don’t ignore it…thank God (the One who is love).
I also urge you to get involved, even if it’s only for January…do something because someone needs you…heck the world needs you. Be the love someone needs because they matter. Make a decision to protect…make a decision to love.
Characteristic of Love #6…love protects (it doesn’t exploit)
Want to learn more about human trafficking and what you can do?
Books about trafficking:
Renting Lacy by Linda Smith
Refuse to Do Nothing by Shayne Moore, Kimberly McOwen Yim
The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores
Nefarious, Merchant of Souls
Not My Life
Not For Sale
Born into Brothels
Half the Sky