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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Charlotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at bil­ly­gra­ham.org

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I don’t un­der­stand my­self. My hus­band be­came dan­ger­ously abu­sive, and now I’m liv­ing in a shel­ter for abused women. But down in­side I feel this strong de­sire to go back to him, al­though I know noth­ing has changed. Why am I like this?

— A.McN. DEAR A.McN.: No mat­ter why you feel this way, I strongly urge you not to give in and re­turn to your abu­sive spouse. Not only could it en­dan­ger your life, but it would do noth­ing to en­cour­age him to change.

Why are you like this? Per­haps you sim­ply are lonely, and you miss be­ing with some­one who knows you. Or per­haps down in­side you think you are a bad per­son, and there­fore you de­serve to be pun­ished. Or there may be other rea­sons for your feel­ings (your shel­ter can likely point you to a coun­selor who can help you un­der­stand them). But no mat­ter where they come from, don’t let your emo­tions lead you down the wrong path.

In­stead, I pray that you will turn to Je­sus Christ and com­mit your life and your fu­ture into His hands. The most im­por­tant thing I can tell you is that God loves you. He knows all about you and your sit­u­a­tion, and He wants to sur­round you with His love and His pro­tec­tion. He loves you so much that Christ went to the cross and gave His life for you, so that you could be­come part of God’s fam­ily for­ever.

This is why I urge you to com­mit your life to Je­sus Christ. Then ask Him to help you see your­self the way He sees you — as His dearly loved child — and to give you wis­dom about your fu­ture. God’s prom­ise is for you: “Never will I leave you; never will I for­sake you” (He­brews 13:5).

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