Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life.” (1 Peter 3:7)
Why are women subjected to violence?
Violence in any form is not justifiable. Non-violence is the weapon of God and God’s people. All women cherish abuse-free homes. Is it attainable? Yes definitely. A good Christian family would never allow any form of abuse in their homes. Peace is the hallmark of Christianity and Christians. Women may be weaker physically, but in no way are inferior in moral and intellectual abilities than men. Women are vulnerable to attacks and family abuse. So they need respect, protection, help, love and care. A husband should be sensitive to a wife’s needs, and relate to her with courtesy, consideration, insight and tact. If men use their position to mistreat their wives, their prayers will be hindered. It is the word of God (St. Mathew 5:23,24) that is primarily applicable in family life. If we do not put a stop to abuse once and for all in our homes, it will perpetuate for generations and generations, and have a perverted progeny.
Statistics in Canada reveal that 81% of Canadian women have been pushed, shoved or grabbed, 61% were threatened with being hit, 44% have had something thrown at them, 38% were beaten or choked, 36% were slapped, 27% were kicked, hit or bitten and 16% were sexually assaulted and raped. One in six women has been abused even in pregnancy. Be willing to take whatever steps are necessary to help someone who cannot help herself. Let us start in our own homes first. Change your life, and then change the world - that should be the motto of all Christians. If we look around, we can clearly see the disastrous effects of violence in a home – yes, we see unhappy and resentful family members. On the other hand, a violence-free home is happy and peaceful. Remember that violence in a home affects children to a very great extent. When I got married, I took a pledge to myself and to God, to never ever get angry with my wife and abuse her in any way under any circumstances. By the grace of God, I have been able to follow it.
The Church has a decisive role to play in helping women in distress. They can set up shelter homes for abused women. Also, prayer and counselling help a lot. If you suspect a neighbour, friend, or someone you work with is being beaten by an abusive partner, call the police. Counsel her to leave and help her find support agencies; drive her to a shelter if necessary.
Prayer: Jesus, save the women who are abused by their loved ones and others. Let peace, love and tranquility descend on our homes. Help and guide men to treat women with love and dignity. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Saturday 4th December 2010
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012