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How Does God View Domestic Violence?

What Is the Biblical Perspective on Domestic Violence? How Does God View Domestic Violence?Domestic violence is narrowly defined as an act or threatened act of violence upon someone with whom the perpetrator is or has previously been in intimate relationship. The term domestic violence often brings to mind the concept of the battered wife or perhaps a married couples verbal argument escalating into physical assault. Domestic violence is also commonly linked to child abuse. Even if the children are not physically injured, watching or hearing a parent being abused can have severe psychological violence is about power and control. Though the term violence has physical connotations, domestic violence or abuse can occur in non-physical ways. For instance, abusers may manipulate their victims through emotional or economic means. Verbal abuse and sexual abuse are other forms. A person of any age, gender, socio-economic class, education level, or religion can be impacted by domestic abuse can be viewed in terms of a cycle of violence. Tension builds; the victim attempts to keep the abuser mollified; but, eventually, an incident occurs. The abuser apologizes and attempts to make it up to the victim, perhaps by promising it will never occur again or by lavishing the victim with gifts. Then comes a period of calm before the tension begins to build again. The stages of this cycle may take only minutes or may develop over years. Without intervention, the periods of making up and calm often violence is in stark opposition to Gods plan for families. Genesis 1 and 2 depict marriage as a one-flesh, helping relationship. Ephesians 5:21 talks about mutual submission. Ephesians 5:2224 explains a wifes submissiveness to her husband, while verses 2533 talk about a husbands self-sacrificial love for his wife. First Peter 3:17 gives similar instructions. First Corinthians 7:4 says, The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. The two belong to one another and are called to love one another as Christ loved us. Marriage is an image of Christ and the Church. Domestic violence is a far cry from the character of violence involving children is also condemned by God. Psalm 127:3 says, Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. God entrusts parents with children, and those parents are to lovingly care for them and train them up. Ephesians 6:4 says, Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (see also Colossians 3:21). Children are to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:13), and discipline is important. But discipline is distinctly different from violence and abuse. Following God involves serving others, not manipulating and controlling them. Jesus told His disciples, Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slavejust as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:2628). His command to us is to love one another (John 13:34). Ephesians 5:12 says, Follow Gods example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Christians are called to sacrificially love others, especially those in their own families. –Source:

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