Wading into the depths of Psalms 44 & 46can be both the healing balm and helpful aid to building boundaries that protect our integrity from those who war against a Biblical understanding of abuse.
My first degrees were in music performance. It was then I learned a valuable lesson about responding to abuse.
I sat in the plush CEO's office of a Christian mission organization. A friend had known the mission leader since their parents had worked together on the field when they were children. We were happy to join her though a bit suspicious of her reading of the situation. We knew the president as a charming and responsive leader.
As I sat down a couple mornings ago to read God's Word and consider His mindfulness of me, I was led to Psalm 27 by a lovely little devotional called, "Jesus Calling."
When I faced off with my mission's leadership, I needed a friend. Sam was there all along preparing me for the stand I needed to take.
God's communication through His creation can be extraordinarily helpful as we minister to survivors of abuse.
Marsha sought help from church leaders for 22 years. They didn't think that was long enough to live with an abusive husband. The church's theology of divorce is hurtful and unbiblical.
Sandi has worked for mission agencies almost her entire adult career. And she has experienced multiple toxic leaders in nearly all those agencies.
When it comes to abuse, are we more focused on sin or safety?
Recognizing Jesus is the true and right judge brings healing and forgiveness.