Romans 6:16 – Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome

Romans 6:16
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

-There is a condition in Psychology called Stockholm Syndrome where a hostage develops a psychological or even emotional connection towards a captor.  In some cases, a victim may mistake a lack of outright abuse as kindness and develop affection from there, but in most cases, it is a post-traumatic condition that stems from the level of power exerted by the captor over the hostage.  In extreme cases, hostages, once freed, have a desire to stay with and even defend their former captors.  This is sad in the physical sense, but it is tragic when it happens spiritually.  The Lord Jesus Christ conquered Hell and Death and won freedom for all of mankind, yet many choose to stay with their current master- Sin.  Sin has held such a stronghold for such a long period that we develop an affection for it.  We choose to stay with and even defend our sin.  The Lord opened the prison for all of us who were bound (Isaiah 61:1), but we each have to make the choice to walk out. 

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