The pain and heartbreak of child abuse is real

Published 8:11 am Wednesday, April 4, 2018

To the editor:
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates more than 1,600 children die from abuse and neglect in the U.S. every year. Abuse includes psychological harm, neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse. Signs of child abuse include malnutrition, poor hygiene and unexplained bruises. Tennessee state law requires anyone with suspicions of child abuse occurring to report it to police or the Department of Children’s Services. Report child abuse or neglect to the National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-422-4453. See for more info. Child abuse has increased because of more parents using drugs and more broken families.
Abuse of children causes revulsion if anyone has a heart at all for God, His Word the Bible or the children who are being victimized. Pray that God will pour out His justice and pray for mercy and healing for the victims of abuse. Jesus said, “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” If you are abusing children you need to know that Jesus loves you and died for your sins and repent (turn from sin and self) and trust Jesus as Savior and Lord or you will soon know eternal abuse and pain forever in hell! Jesus can forgive and change anyone. Call 1-888-need-him.
Sometimes the truth is unpleasant. The Bible in Ephesians says do not only shun the “unfruitful works of darkness, but even expose them.” There is evil in the world and getting worse. We can’t close our eyes and pretend it doesn’t exist, and we can’t fight it with our heads in the sand, thinking happy thoughts. “You can ignore reality but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” It’s important to be a voice for the voiceless and for victims. Victims have said that abuse negatively affected them for decades after the abuse ended. Christian victims said only after they gave their life and past to Jesus, Jesus strengthened them, and delivered them from shame, suicidal thoughts, depression, bitterness and despair. The Bible says Jesus is near to the brokenhearted. Pain and heartache is real but Jesus with us in our pain and heartache is more real. The reality is Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted! See a true story of Jesus healing the brokenhearted in the great movie, “I Can Only Imagine.” Only Jesus can bring beauty from ashes and work all things for the good for those who love Him.

D.D. Nave

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