We all know that domestic violence is a huge social ill in our culture. The priceless wisdom of the Holy Bible has some insights that would, if followed, help curb this problem. Although there are many biblical passages that apply to this problem, one of the stories in the book of Genesis is particularly applicable.
In chapters 3 and 4 of this book we see the first relationship between a man and woman played out with deceit and disobedience, by Adam and Eve. They broke fellowship with God by giving into the craftiness and deceit of Satan. Neither one of them took responsibility for his or her actions. Adam passed the blame to Eve, and then she passed it to the serpent.
Life application number one is to never play the "blame game" at home. If each person in a family took personal responsibility for his or her actions, would that not go a long way toward solving domestic violence?
Next, chapter 4 says that Cain became jealous of Abel. This led to anger(4:5-6), which resulted in murder(verse 8). God dealt very severely, by the way, with this crime. God made Cain perform manual labor for the rest of his life. (11-14)
Anger was the cause of the first domestic violence. It still is today! In verse 7 God warned about that. "If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it."
In the New Testament book of Ephesians, chapter 4, verse 26, it says to "Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity."
The Bible emphasizes the importance of dealing with anger promptly.
Life application number two, that applies to domestic violence issues, is to deal with anger quickly. Do not let it control your life. Cain kept dwelling on it and it got the best of him.
May each member of a family practice personal responsibility for his or her actions, and deal with anger quickly. How much difference would this make in curbing domestic violence? What do YOU think?
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