God hates domestic abuse. God created us in His image, and although we have disobeyed Him, He has provided a way through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to have a beautiful relationship with Him. Throughout the Bible, we see God defending His people against those who abused them. God hates domestic abuse!
In Exodus, we read that God promised the Israelites that He would bring them out of their slavery and judge the Egyptians. The Israelites were regularly beaten and abused. God led them out of Egypt and dried up the Red Sea so that they could walk through the sea on dry ground. When the Egyptian soldiers followed them between the waters, God caused the Red Sea to crash down on the soldiers, drowning them. (Exodus 14:15-31)
God judged the oppressors.
Unfortunately, even in Christian families, abuse still happens. God created man and woman in His image, and He established laws to protect His image-bearers.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our bodies become God’s possession. They are the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19) The Holy Spirit lives in each person who has called Jesus her Lord and Savior. Our bodies are being joined with other Christians to form a holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:21)
God made our bodies, even numbering the hairs on our heads. (Luke 12:7) He loves our bodies. He loves your body.
God wants us to take care of our bodies so that we glorify Him.Tweet
We aren’t glorifying God when we knowingly stay in a place of danger.
Paul writes that Christians are to submit to one another – Christian men and women to each other. (Ephesians 5:21) And a few verses later, he writes about the roles of the wife and husband.
Husbands are commanded to love their wives as Jesus loved the church and gave Himself up for the church. ( Ephesians 5:25)
Jesus was kind to His followers and gently led them. He was the Good Shepherd who gave His life for His sheep. (John 10:11)
Paul writes to the husbands in Colossae to love their wives and not be harsh with them. (Colossians 3:19)
Jesus was not harsh with His followers nor did He belittle them.
Where to Get Help
God does not want you to be harmed physically, emotionally, financially, or any other way. If you are in an abusive relationship, there is help.
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If you or your children are being abused, there is help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has help for you 24 hours a day. You can call the hotline at any time, 1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233), TTY 1 (800) 787-2334. You can chat on the hotline website. Or text START to 88788.
The website offers help for the following:
- Crisis intervention.
- Domestic violence education.
- Safety planning.
- Directly connecting callers to Service Providers such as local shelters.
- Referrals to agencies that provide legal, economic self-sufficiency, sexual assault, elder abuse, children’s, and other related services.
You Are God’s Masterpiece
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)
The word for “masterpiece” is “poiēma,” the word we use for “poem.” You are greatly loved. You are God’s masterpiece, a beautiful creation.
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
Our Good Shepherd is with you. Let His rod and staff redirect you to the path He wants you to go. He will protect and comfort you.
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:5)
If you don’t know what to do, cry out to God and ask Him what you should do. He will give you the wisdom you need. Reach out to Him today.
My Prayer for You
Our Good Shepherd, our Loving God, You know the circumstances of each reader. Some are in dark valleys and don’t know what to do. Some dear readers are afraid to leave the abuse. They don’t know where to seek help. Lord, give them the courage to ask for help. You know all things, and You cherish their bodies, spirits, and well-being. Pour out Your lovingkindness upon them, and comfort them. Almighty God, protect them, give them wisdom, and help them to know that they are Your beautiful masterpiece. In Jesus’ name, amen.
I am praying for you.
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