Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Breaking Free From Abuse



Pastor John Watkin

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This week in our “Building Relationships,” message series we will look at the topic of abuse in a message entitled, “Breaking Free From Abuse.”

Abuse is a silent subject nobody wants to talk about. But it’s an issue we need to talk about when we deal with broken relationships. Abuse takes many forms. It can be

  • physical,
  • verbal,
  • sexual or
  • emotional in nature.

The media is currently focused on this issue, because of the recent revelations of domestic violence by players in the National Football League. The league is under pressure to develop an effective policy for dealing with these allegations.

Abuse is not a new issue. You may have seen abuse growing up or it may be occurring in your home now. The leading cause of injury to women in the world right now is domestic violence. It usually comes from somebody in the family that she
already knows.

The Bible is literally filled with examples of abuse… sexual, physical, verbal and emotional. In this message, we identify eight different characteristics of abuse that David experienced from his enemies and recorded in the Book of Psalms.

It is my hope this message will offer constructive ways in which you can help someone break free of abuse. This is an issue that should greatly concern us as followers of Jesus.

Hebrew 13:3b (MSG) says,

“Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them happened to you.”

Even if abuse is not part of your experience, you must take it personally when you see it happening to others you know and love.

Paul encourages us to share the load in Galatians 6:2 (NIV) when he says,

“Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

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