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Spiritual and Biblical thoughts for the day.... (Abuse) pt 1

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by , 08-30-2008 at 11:04 AM (784 Views)
Is not the abused person being punished for some sin? Isn’t God trying to teach the abused person a lesson? Doesn’t God have a purpose in this abuse?

There is such a thing as reaping what one sows, but that is not all the reaping one does. We reap a great deal that we do not sow—both bad and good. Matthew 5:45 states “…for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.” God does want us to grow and we may do s as a RESULT of terrible experiences. But it would be a despicable God who SEEKS this growth through lessons caused by others harming them. The hand that hurts is never a Divine hand. Yet, God is not absent from any situation, and it is in order to look for his supporting and healing hand even in the midst of an abusive situation. But this is a long way from thinking of abuse as either the will or the work of the Lord.

Is assertiveness compatible with love?

Assertiveness is defined as “inclined to listen, confident, positive.” Assertiveness is what allows us to confront a person with love; it involves respect of the other person balanced with respect for ourselves. It does not mean to pamper, cater to another person’s whims, or to allow the other person to degrade themselves. It does not mean to push the other person around, either. To love is to want what is best for the other person, and that best cannot be the hell that abusive behavior creates. I Timothy 6:13, 17 instructs us to “instruct with authority.” Being a Christian does not mean to be a doormat, nor does it mean to be aggressive and controlling. It means to assertively, with authority, love another person.

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Updated 08-31-2008 at 09:10 AM by trio_a_jedna

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