Joy as a Tool of Dominion for the Abused Woman

By Jennifer Tritle, published with permission, originally published at Chalcedon.edu

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism reveals that man’s objective in this life is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Enjoying God does not come naturally to sinful, guilty men or women. More specifically, when women gleefully rejoice in their domestic duties, Christ’s dominion visibly and powerfully manifests itself in that domestic realm. Few greater challenges exist for the Christian woman who has experienced verbal, physical, and/or sexual abuse in her life than for her to obey God’s Word with a guilt-free and undefiled joy from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5). To truly enjoy God, a Christian woman who has experienced abuse must, as every other believer, obey God’s Word and allow it to transform her mind.

It is certain that abuses are not new under the sun. Nonetheless, this century has been characterized by fathers who have failed to lead and to discipline their families and by feminism, which has attempted to reverse God’s perfect creation order regarding male and female roles, and abuse in families is highly prevalent. Now, many adult women who were cruelly victimized as children are filling (praise to God) Christ’s church — yes, even the Reformed churches. These dear Christian women are finding it difficult to work with their husbands in discipling their families. In addition, these women are troubled by excessive guilt and are in need of Christian discipleship and healing. Continue reading “Joy as a Tool of Dominion for the Abused Woman”

A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like A Medicine

It’s time to lighten up, to smile. It’s time to remember that God is sovereignly fulfilling His promises to exalt the meek, bless the faithful, and to tear down the oppressive, making a way for His own. He is delivering always. Remember the first things, the early days of your christian walk. Recall how far you’ve come, how far He has brought you. Here’s a … Continue reading A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like A Medicine

Thoughts On Joy and What Occurs In One Quick Blink

No small portion of Paul’s joy came from his awareness of his true country, his permanent home. He lived for the day (he lived for the day, think on that, he LIVED for the day…) when his spiritual citizenship would become the real thing. (Real. Believe that.) He lived in expectation of seeing Jesus face-to-face. (unwavering belief in the possibility) He waited eagerly for his … Continue reading Thoughts On Joy and What Occurs In One Quick Blink