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Oct25FriOctober 25, 2019 By the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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One in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime and most violence against women happens in the home by an intimate partner. Domestic violence occurs in every country around the world and crosses all socio-economic classes. (Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/violence-against-women)
There are no easy answers, but we still ask: “Why do women stay in abusive relationships?” One answer might be that when a relationship becomes a person’s source of meaning and identity, it is incredibly hard to give up. Another answer might be found in the shame, pain and fear felt in the midst of the abuse.
Countless women around the world believe lies about who they are and what they are worth. In some cases, this comes as a result of domestic violence. Many women in abusive relationships, whether they know Christ or not, have put misplaced hope and trust in their partner when they desperately need to hope and trust in Christ instead.
Our God hears our cries and loves us; we can put our hope and trust in him. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. God’s love defines who we are. It changes everything. It turns our mourning into dancing; it gives us hope—even in the midst of pain and darkness.
Romans 8:37-39 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The love Christ has for us is powerful. It is powerful to pull us out of darkness and completely transform our lives and our hearts, showing us our true identity in him.
There are no easy answers when it comes to domestic violence. Join us in praying that women around the world would find their identity in Christ and that those who are experiencing domestic violence would seek the counsel of friends and professionals.