Our world is filled with violence in various forms. From the termination of unborn babies to verbal abuse, physical abuse and murder. We need to know what God says about violence and understand His heart for victims of violence.
What God says about violence
- God hates violence. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. (Psalm 11:5).
- God judges those who are violent. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:13).
- God is angry with violent behaviour. “Is it a trivial thing…to commit …abominations…? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger.” (Ezekiel 8:17).
- God prohibits violent people from positions of leadership. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money. (Titus 1:7).
- God commands those who are violent to change. “Remove violence and plundering, execute justice and righteousness, and stop dispossessing My people,” says the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 45:9).
God’s heart for the victim
- God hears the cry of the battered and abused. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear… (Psalm 10:17).
- God holds the victim of abuse in the palm of His hand. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10).
- God will rescue the victim of abuse and violence. He will redeem their life from the oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight. (Psalm 72:14).
- God confirms the victim’s value and worth. Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:6-7).
Let us pray for:
- The conversion of violent fathers and mothers, and others in authority.
- An end to domestic violence that affects millions of men, women and children in the nation.
- An end to violent crime in the streets and where criminals enter properties to commit the most violent acts against their victims.