Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

‘He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.’ Psalm 147:3 NIV

Please don’t suffer alone. Take the following steps today.

(1) Get help. Solomon said, ‘A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.’ (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT) Be careful who you seek help from. It’s best to seek help from a pastor who offers counselling, professional help, or group support.

(2) Separate. If you feel as though you may be in danger of being harmed, you need to be very vocal with those in authority to separate you from the person who is bullying you. It’s not your job to change the person. And it’s not a failure on your part if they don’t change when confronted with God’s love and the truth. Hold on to God’s promise that says, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ (Hebrews 13:5 NLT)

(3) Get prayer support. Have someone pray for you until you are healed enough to begin the process of forgiveness, and you can pray for your abuser. A study into the theory of a cycle of bullying discovered that approximately 35% of bullies had been bullied themselves. Often, they’re reacting out of their unhealed wounds and undealt with issues. And while this in no way excuses them, it gives you insight into how to pray for them. Satan loves to use bullies to destroy our self-esteem. So, pray for your abuser to become the person God intended. ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood… but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)

SoulFood: 1 Kings 3-5 Matt 13:1-9 Ps 128 Pro 12:10-11

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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