How does a Christian deal with abuse? Is it any different than a non-Christian would? I’ve been asking these questions for a couple of weeks now, and I’ve received some heart-wrenching comments. It is never, nor should it be, easy. The glib response of, “Just forgive,” doesn’t quite do justice to the offense. And yet forgiveness paves the way to healing and restoration.

Jesus cried out, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Maybe they didn’t know he was the Son of God, but they knew very well how much pain and anguish they were dishing out. They took pride in the depths of despair they were inflicting.

It’s not an easy answer, is it?

The grace of God is sufficient. It is a mystery. But it’s substance was painted in loud colors upon a rugged piece of wood that announced to the world, “Your hope has arrived.” What may have appeared to be victory to the abuser, would be resurrected in a declaration to the abused that all is not lost – a new day and new life has come.

About Tim Holt

Founding pastor of Seacoast Vineyard Church, Myrtle Beach, SC. Retired January 2021. Pastor to surfers, friends, pastors, etc.
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