2001-08-19 - Passages About Domestic Violence
Recently a women's group in a sophisticated, large American city put up posters about domestic violence in public places, and asked men to share their thoughts on the posters. Rather than evincing compassion for the victims, the men wrote remarks like "I'm sure she deserved it," etc. Some people have even used the Bible to condone abuse of wives, and this must break our Savior's heart. Although the Bible doesn't speak directly about wife abuse, there are some principles that show our Lord's heart concerning husbands' treatment of wives, as well as general principles for Christlike relationships.
Eph 5:28-29 (NNAS) So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church.