Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon described in 1973 in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.

Historically victims of Stockholm syndrome have been abused or intimidated into developing a relationship with their captors;  a kind of survival reflex.  In my case, this was not true.  Yeshua (Jesus) took me totally captive by His love, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and acceptance.  I was so taken with Him that after He captivated me, the thought of ever leaving Him was unimaginable.  Like the apostle Paul, I became a willing prisoner of Messiah Yeshua and like Paul, I kiss my chains.

I now wear a bracelet of little connected handcuffs so I can share this story with others who initially might recoil at the thought of any kind of “imprisonment”.   Being “chained” to Yeshua has brought me nothing but love, peace and total joy.  I can only pray that others may grasp the metaphorical meaning of this message I impart to you today.

[ God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles ] For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus

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