Does He really? It’s not true that He allows abuse!
Acts 17:30-31 says, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men , in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
You should know God, “he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness,” by
Christ Jesus our Lord. That’s the blessed assurance we all sing about.
Proverbs 11:21 says, “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.”
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
God is faithful
Joseph said, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20). He turned it around;
- to bring deliverance to others.
- to help us to appreciate the hope we have in Christ.
- to display the works of God.
- to build character in us.
- to equip us to comfort others.
I hear Paul say, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation….” (2 Corinthians 1:3-11).
“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say” (1 Corinthians 10:14-15).
If you like to understand abuse read 1 Corinthians 6. Abuse is an improper treatment towards anything, another person or self. It happens when one abuses his natural powers, privileges, or advantages.
I think we’ve all come across such terms as, child abuse, spouse abuse, physical abuse or neglect, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, substance abuse, assault, threats, and the list goes on.
The Bible never authorises the use force against anyone, be it a child or a spouse. Romans 12:19 says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” And, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7
Now back to our scripture, Paul says,
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Understand why people abuse.
People abuse because they want something. When they don’t get what they want, they become angry and abusive.
Characteristics of abusers.
They’re controlling, manipulative, and such as blame others and minimise their own sin. They’re self centred, intolerant, aggressive, deceitful and worse more charming!
Paul says, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:11-12
What Paul is saying you can change your own behaviour. You also can be washed, be sanctified, be justified, “in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Repent before God not only for your sinful actions, but for the evil attitudes and beliefs behind those actions.