Here they come again … those painful memories that permeate your heart and pummel your thoughts and emotions. You feel caught like a frightened bird in a cage with no way to freedom. It happened so long ago.… You had hoped to move on … yet your heart again feels like it is under attack, as though arrows were whizzing through the iron bars on your cage—piercing arrows that penetrate your heart with deep, debilitating pain.

Do you live your life coping with a crippling crisis from your past … hoping to somehow get beyond it … to forget it? Well, the good news is that God wants so much more for you than just to cope.… He wants to help you overcome your painful past and conquer the destructive patterns that have developed in your life as a result of your past victimization. He wants you to grow in maturity through His grace … and to reach out and help others in similar pain.

Feeling powerless doesn’t have to be permanent. God wants to set you free from the cage that has far too long held you captive and robbed you of peace! He offers you His power for healing and for changing. And when you experience true healing and personal transformation, you also receive true freedom. Like a bird out of a cage, you can experience freedom today and have bright hope for tomorrow! All because of the fact that …

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

(Galatians 5:1)

God’s Heart on Violence 

  • God hates violence. 

“The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion” (Psalm 11:5). 

  • God judges those who are violent. 

“God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence’” (Genesis 6:13). 

  • God is angry with violent behavior. 

“Must they also fill the land with violence and continually arouse my anger?” (Ezekiel 8:17). 

  • God commands those who are violent to change. 

“Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right” (Ezekiel 45:9). 

God’s Heart for the Victim 

  • God hears the cry of the battered and abused. 

“You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry” (Psalm 10:17). 

  • God holds victims of violence by the hand and reassures them of His provision for them. 

“I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13). 

  • God will rescue victims of abuse and violence. 

“He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight” (Psalm 72:14). 

  • God confirms the victim’s value and worth. 

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6–7). 

  • God brings good out of violent, evil deeds and brings violent people to disaster. 

“The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster” (Proverbs 16:4). 





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Grace Filled Words:

“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

Galatians 3:2-3

“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.” 

2 Thessalonians 1:6

Additional Scriptures: 

Galatians 3:11

Proverbs 16:2

Romans 10:3-4

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