God’s Heart on Abuse

Talk to a counselor or pastor who has walked alongside someone who has been sexually abused and they will tell you that these individuals have a greater intensity of pain and shame in their hearts. In 1 Corinthians 6:18, Paul says, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body!” The sin committed to a person through sexual abuse touches deep into their heart and the soul.

God created sex to make a strong bond that creates a healthy family, but when sex is used outside of that purpose without the safety and commitment of marriage, it causes tremendous pain. When sex is disconnected from love and commitment, it also disconnects the body and soul.

While the pain from sexual abuse is profound, it is STILL within the reach of God’s LOVE. Isaiah 42:16 says “I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” God truly desires survivors of sexual abuse to bring their struggles out of the darkness and into the light so that he can turn their deepest hurts into beautiful works of His glory.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse we have a counseling group called, Shelter From the Storm starting here at the Center of Hope on Tuesday, August 30th at 6:30 pm. The group will meet for 13 weeks. Please contact Kim at 570-275-2280 or kscheidegger@cohsv.org for more information. Our goal is to see women experience freedom in the Lord. Participants are encouraged to share their struggles at their own pace.

Written by: Kim Scheidegger, Center of Hope Counselor

Notes: www.probe.org “What God Says About Sex”.

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