The abuse has never stopped. In America, I believe there is a whole lot of spiritual abuse going on in the churches from the preachers and church members. Most of it goes unspoken. People either say nothing about it, or they do not even recognize it. People need their eyes opened to it and to come out from amongst the abuse. No one should be tolerating abuse.
After God removed me from an abusive church situation all I could say is “Where is MY vindication?” We tend to focus on ourselves, but God allows us go through painful situations for good reasons. Instead of asking God about our vindication, we should be asking God to show us how the situation can bring glory to Him. God’s reputation is more important but HE will take care of our reputations in spite of whatever the devil has tried to do to us. -Admin-
Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled. Hebrews 12:15 (NKJV)
Jesus was specific about forgiving those who hurt us. The reason? He never wants us to become ensnared by bitterness. Members of the early church knew the score when it came to ABUSE. Many suffered beatings, verbal attacks, and even death, all because they were followers of Jesus Christ.
At first, Jesus’ admonishment may appear hard to swallow: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:43-45 NASB).
In praying for those who hurt you, you are not saying you condone their actions, nor do you say you deserve their abuse. No one deserves mistreatment. You focus the attention of your heart on Christ because He is YOUR SOURCE of inner healing and protection.
No matter how difficult your situation appears, Christ is in it with you; and He will make a way of escape. Even the most horrifying incident can become something for HIS GLORY when you turn to Him.