Where was God, my tower of strength, my refuge? Doesn't he care?
P s a l m 5 5 : 1 7 Morning, noon, and night I plead aloud in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice.
P s a l m 1 1 8 : 5 In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and rescued me.
P s a l m 1 0 : 1 7 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them.
P s a l m 1 1 9 : 7 6 Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.
We don't know why God allows tragedies to enter our life, but we do know that God hurts deeply with us and loves us more than we'll ever know. He comforts us and gives us the strength to work through out pain.
What is the Lord's response to R*pe?
P s a l m 1 1 : 5 The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates everyone who loves violence.
P s a l m 1 2 : 5 The Lord replies, "I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do. God hates all violence, and he hates those who love violence. They will surely be judged severely.
What is the relationship between evil desires and R*pe?
R o m a n s 6 : 1 2 Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give in to its lustful desires.
G a l a t i a n s 5 : 1 9 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure.
E p h e s i a n s 5 : 2 2 Throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception.
Lust and evil desires, left unchecked and uncontrolled, can lead to immorality, violence, and R*pe.
Does the victim of a R*pe share any responsibility for what happened?
D e u t e r o n o m y 2 2 : 2 5 - 2 6 If the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man should die. Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death. This case is similar to that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor.
P r o v e r b s 1 6 : 2 9 Violent people deceive their companions, leading them down a harmful path.
P r o v e r b s 2 4 : 2 They spend their days plotting violence, and their words are always stirring up trouble.
R*pe is a violent act against an innocent victim. There is no excuse for such a terrible crime.
D e u t e r o n o m y 2 2 : 2 3 - 2 4 If this happens within a town . . . the woman is guilty because she did not scream for help.
The victim of R*pe has a responsibility to try to protect herself in any way she can.
Is revenge the answer to R*pe?
G e n e s i s 3 4 : 2 - 2 5 When the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw [Dinah], he took her and raped her. . . . Simeon and Levi took their swords, entered the town without opposition, and slaughtered every man there.
Simeon and Levi overreacted to their sister's R*pe and were harshly reprimanded by their father (Gen. 49:4-7).
P s a l m 9 4 : 1 O Lord, the God to whom vengeance belongs, O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice be seen!
R o m a n s 1 2 : 1 9 Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it," says the Lord.
Leave revenge to God, for he is the Judge of the universe. A crime must be brought to justice, but personla revenge starts an endless cycle of sin and destruction.
How can I avoid feelings of anger and hatred?
2 S a m u e l 1 3 : 1 1 - 2 9 As she was feeding him, he grabbed her and demanded, "Come to bed with me, my darling sister." "No, my brother!" she cried. "Don't be foolish! Don't do this to me! You know what a serious crime it is to do such a thing in Israel. . . . But Amnon wouldn't listen to her, and since he was stronger than she was, he raped her. Then suddenly Amnon's love turned to hate. . . . When King David heard what had happened, he was very angry. And though Absalom never spoke to Amnon about it, he hated Amnon deeply because of what he had done to his sister. . . . So at Absalom's signal they murdered Amnon.
P s a l m 3 7 : 8 Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others--it only leads to harm.
E p h e s i a n s 4 : 3 1 - 3 2 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all typed of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
If we fill our heart and mind with God and his good things, we will empty our heart and mind of anger, hatred, and plotting violence.
How can the answer possibly be forgiveness--is forgiveness absolutely necessary?
M a t t h e w 5 : 4 4 Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
M a r k 1 1 : 2 5 When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.
M a t t h e w 1 8 : 2 1 - 2 2 Peter came to him and asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" "No!" Jesus replied, "seventy times seven!"
R o m a n s 1 2 : 2 1 Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Christ forgave those who crucified him. There is nothing harder than forgiving someone who has greatly wronged you, but there is also nothing more healing.
P R O M I S E F R O M G O D : R e v e l a t i o n 2 1 : 4 He will remove all of their sorrows, and their will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.
_________________ I am a R*pe survivor and a child Ab*se survivor and a Child of God
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