(Side Note: Any information I share to help Christians, these same Principles work for anyone of any Faith or absolutely no Faith!).
Knowing The Bible frees Christians to Leave Abusive Situations; not Knowing The Bible Leaves Christians vulnerable to a type of "twisted" Legalism used to Guilt them into staying.
Not only staying but often being able to make the abused one believe it is their fault, they deserve it, and how fortunate they are to be where they are because no one else would want them!
I am always harping on "Read your Bible," "Study your Bible," yadda, yadda, yadda….. But please listen; I learned this years ago from The Biblical Counseling Foundation, "When it comes to Faith and Conduct, the only resource you will ever need is contained in the Old & New Testaments of The Written Word of God."
Note: My Alabama understanding of this is, The same Word of God that "binds" you to Him frees you from "Them."
When a Christian is in an abusive situation, it takes tremendous courage and Wisdom to leave. It is challenging to face the unknown and step away from something that has become so familiar.
However, the Bible provides insight into how we can respond when faced with abuse. In proverbs 4:7, we read, "Wisdom is supreme; therefore, get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding."
Wisdom calls us to look at our circumstances honestly and accurately assess what needs changing for our well-being. Knowledge brings us strength, helping us find the best course of action.
Seeking wisdom through Scripture reading, prayer, and counseling can provide insight into how God may lead you during this difficult time. We can trust that God will not lead us astray, and His guidance is to be sought in times of need.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, there are
places to turn for help. Understanding your rights and reaching out for support
from family members, friends, pastors, and counseling services is essential.
In addition, organizations such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) provide resources to survive an abusive situation, including advice on creating a plan for leaving safely and finding shelter if needed. Knowing what steps to take can bring courage and comfort when facing an uncertain future.
No one should ever have to live with fear or violence. Deciding to leave an abusive situation is often a difficult but necessary step. With wisdom and insight, God will provide direction and help on this journey of Faith and Healing.