Love doesn’t exploit.

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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?

Contact Us

Sharedhope.org

Polarisproject.org

Exoduscry.com

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

Movies:
Nefarious, Merchant of Souls
Not My Life
Not For Sale
Born into Brothels
Half the Sky

A little R&R…

Characteristic of Love Series: It gives…and is meant to be received.

“For God so loved the world…He gave His only begotten Son…” John 3:16

My dad has this saying that always touches my heart, “The cross didn’t gain God’s love for us…it came from His love for us.”  God already loved us when He gave His all.

So often we want to deserve God’s love, which really means we want to earn it, but can we?  I say no, true love is not earned.  True love gives without expecting anything in return.  God gave His all at the cross knowing not everyone would love Him back and He did it anyway.  Jesus didn’t die just for those who would say yes…that is true love.  True love gives.

We may not be able to earn it, but we can receive it and then respond from there.  Receiving leads to response…love and giving in return (to God and to others).  This is God’s order otherwise we may just become religious robots doing our “duty” as Christians and I am pretty sure Jesus didn’t die so we would be dutiful.

We were designed to receive and then respond, otherwise we can get all out of whack.  We begin a steady decline of trying to earn God’s love; a decline that leads us away from intimacy.  We need to let God love us and from that let our works line up…give from a place of having received a love as great as this (John 15:13).

Best summed up: receive and respond…a little R&R.

Characteristic of love #4: it gives and is meant to be received.

My Heart is Moved

endtraffickingThere are things we as the community can do to END the sex trafficking and exploitation of our fellow human beings.  1) SHOUT it from the rooftops…ok, maybe not so extreme, but find a way to bring awareness to those around you.  The more people doing something about this the better. 2) Do research and support local organizations who are fighting this injustice. 3) MOST importantly, don’t participate in anything where another human being is being exploited…this includes strip clubs.  Don’t believe those places are filled with victims?  Do your research.  Not all women in strip clubs are trafficked, but they are all exploited.  END SLAVERY.

A Heart for the Daughters

Reading the news about oppressive circumstances happening somewhere else in the world is one thing and going to see the oppression is quite another.  Recently returning from a nation where so many things are exalted except one very important thing…human life.  The life of a girl…to be more specific.  Asia is filled with crimes against women, including sex trafficking, exploitation, gendercide, caste systems, child brides, parents selling their own children…not for food, mind you, but for TV’s and the thirst for money.  Poverty and lack of education certainly plays a role in this oppression, but you see it isn’t just the poor children who go missing in India…it’s the daughters of the wealthy too.  There are approximately 27 million people enslaved in the world today…that is more than at any other point in history.  There are more educated people in the world today than ever and yet slavery is still at an all time high.  That is because it is the matter of the heart, a problem within the heart of man to enslave another.   To exploit girls for sexual gratification (or anyone for that matter), to wail in despair because you have given birth to a daughter instead of a son, to oppress women daily is all a matter of the heart (in addition to evil).  As the Bible says…“out of the abundance of the heart…”

A few facts for India:
*15-20 children go missing daily in Delhi alone.
*According to BBC News in 2011 alone there were more than 24,000 reported cases of rape in India….Delhi is the rape capital.
*According to the BBC News the trafficking of women and children has RISEN 122% over the previous year

Education or the throwing of money at a centuries old problem will not solve it…only the passionate, furious, jealous love of Christ will.  You see, only the blood of Christ can cover sins so great, heal the broken souls and free the millions held captive.   Only God can change a matter of the heart, especially one so entrenched.

A nation is at an all time low when the worst sentence to be uttered is…“it’s a girl.”

Yet, in a dark moment the knowledge and witness of God’s passion for the abandoned, enslaved, the destitute, the captive has wrecked not only every preconceived notion I had of God, but has also captivated my heart.  His love is beyond anything we can comprehend.  That in a human being’s darkest moment He reaches out from Heaven and rescues His daughters and sons.  Phew…..takes my breath away.  God, give us a heart for your daughters.photo

Oh India…

“No longer will they call you deserted or name your land desolate.  But you will be called Hephzibah (means ‘my delight is in her’), and your land Beulah (means ‘married’); for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married.”  Isaiah 62:3-5

I was privileged to work with a ministry that is working hard to save girl children from horrible fates, educate and empower women and work to heal the broken hearts with the love of Christ.  For more information on how you can help email forsuchatimeministries@gmail.com

*Facts taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20863860