It always fascinates me when I ask a woman about her possibly being in a domestic violence situation, that her immediate response to me is…”but he’s not hitting me”.
Sisters, domestic violence is so much more than physical abuse. Abuse can come in many forms. Emotional, mental, and spiritual abuse is just as damaging as physical abuse.
It is about a predator taking advantage of the heart and mind of a someone and using it for his/her benefit. Whether we as women like it or not the Bible itself tells us as women that we ARE the weaker vessel. 1 Peter 3:7 (ISV) says, “In a similar way, you husbands must live with your wives in an understanding manner, as with a most delicate partner. Honor them as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing may interfere with your prayers.”
The International Standard Version calls the wife the “delicate” version…as a type A female I prefer this word over what most versions use – which is the word “weaker” – but whichever word is used, women are by nature physically weaker than men. Not to mention due to our sensitive emotional nature we can buckle under pressure quicker as well.
However, the verse goes to say women are heirs in God’s kingdom as much as our male counterparts. In a domestic violence situation, women are not honored as the heirs that they are. And this is where the problem comes in.
Domestic Violence is an issue many churches will not address for various reasons. This is part 1 of a series on domestic violence that WILL be addressed in Her Seasoned Journey.