Sin is in all of us, we all sin each day falling short of the Glory of God. What we must do, though, is repent of our sins and try our very hardest to live like Christ each day. But when the abuser has not been exposed to The Gospel and had not been taught the plan of salvation, the abuser does not know other wise. When sin gets a hold of them, it is who they actually become! Sin runs very deep in people; for example, murderers and child molesters. Those are very difficult for me to understand because how could a human being be so cruel? When the person does not live for The Lord, they live for the devil. The bible says no one can serve two masters. So they must choose: God or Satan?
We must be very clear about the Bible's condemnation of violence and abuse. There are more than one hundred Biblical passages addressing battering, violence, rape, incest, stalking, lying, twisting the words of another, threats and intimidation. Since The Word of God condemns violence and abuse, the Church must be faithful in teaching this truth. That message is very seldom preached from the pulpit and how life-changing it actually could be!
The God who sees our suffering is THE God of The Bible and the God we worship. He's the God who hears our cries of pain, who knows what we are going through, and who suffers when we suffer. And He doesn't just watch, He acknowledges; He cares! God is our refuge, He is the One who provides for us in our weakness and shelters us in our fears. God hates the wicked things we do each other, especially the evil we do in His name. He has a special concern for the powerless, the oppressed, the rejected, the victims of violence and the abused. And though the tendency to abuse one another seems entrenched in our fallen human nature, God is always at work to redeem us from our abusive tendencies and to rescue those who bear the brunt of this kind of sin.
The final part of this series on abuse will be about forgiveness, healing and reconciliation. This is VITAL in the healing process. I look forward to seeing you next week!