He is the God of Restoration and Healing

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This is a part 2 from last week’s blog post which you can read here.

During the month of October, we turn our attention to the topic of domestic violence.  Sadly, even in the church, we find that many relationships have been soiled by the pain and trauma of domestic violence. 

All, please know, if a wife is being abused by her husband, she must separate herself from him so that she can get appropriate help and the abuser can receive treatment for his violence.  In many cases, the abuser may have to be accountable to law enforcement. No one should encourage anyone to stay in an abusive situation where the abuser refuses to get help!

Likewise, if a husband is being abused by his wife, he needs to separate himself from her while she receives treatment for her violence.  Domestic violence can be perpetrated by both males and females.  Domestic violence touches everyone in the home where the abuse takes place, even if the children may have never been physically assaulted. 

Despite all of this, please understand, that God is a God of restoration and healing.  With proper intervention, usually in the form of pastoral and clinical/medical counseling, it is possible for a family unit to be made whole.  However, sadly, the abused survivor of domestic violence should be aware that the abuser may never fully change, and, if that is the case, it is important that the abused survivor remain separated from the abuser. 

Healing, forgiveness, and restoration for all parties are possible in Christ. “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:9-10).  Take comfort in these words and know dear one, that God is a protector and has not forsaken you. 

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