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January 5, 2018

I have had a concern about the abuse of children and how it affects them in their lives, and I have prayed about it. Also, while praying, I often wonder about the child that is being abused at that moment. I wonder how many children are battered, locked up, caged, and wanting to die because of the pain and anguish they are experiencing. I  wondered how many adults are still suffering from inner emotional turmoil because of the abuse they experienced when they were growing up. Consequently, I know there are children, teens, and adults who reject and have difficulty believing in God because they cannot understand how He would permit them to suffer at the hands of an abuser.

I’ve prayed and asked God for His thoughts on these matters, and He led me to the scripture where Jesus addressed the treatment of children in the gospel of Matthew 18:6-7. Below I have those verses using the King James Version, The Living Bible and The Message Bible

“But whoso shall offend (cause) one of these little ones which believe in me (on me to stumble), it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” (KJV)

“But if any of you causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose his faith, [a] it would be better for you to have a rock tied to your neck and be thrown into the sea. Woe upon the world for all its evils. [b] Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but woe to the man who does the tempting.” (TLB)

“But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don’t have to make it worse—and it’s doomsday to you if you do.” Message Bible

After reading and researching the verses I understand that the abuser of children whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or sexual abuse will one day have to give an account to God for their actions for He does not take their deviant act lightly; especially if they have not confessed this sin and asked for forgiveness.

Also, I pray that these abused children who may now be adults are able to forgive their abusers. I pray that God will heal them and make them completely whole. I pray for a support system and a safe haven for these battered souls, but most of all, I thank God that He is going to administer justice to these offenders.

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  4. Anonymous permalink

    Amen, and amen

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