It Has to Stop

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not." Matthew 2:16-18 King James Version

I read in the newspaper yesterday about a mother who put her seven year old son in an oven and burned him. The abuse of our children has got to stop and it has to stop now! I am so nauseous that I can barely write this devotion. To think that a mother would put her own son in an oven and burn him to punish him just makes me sick. Yet, at the same time, I have to ask myself why did she do it? It is my personal opinion and belief that when someone is cruel to someone else, that person does not feel loved.

It is so easy for us to get angry at someone who is abusive to their children, but what do we do about it? A dear pastor friend of mine has said many times in his sermons "If you present a problem to be solved, then you need to be part of the solution." What are we doing to prevent this abuse of children?

The most important thing I believe that we should do is to pray for their protection. I also believe that we need to understand why these parents get angry and abuse their children. I have heard it said many times "Hurting people hurt people."

My Dad was not very loving toward me. I never remember him hugging me. He might have hugged me when I was a baby, but I sure don’t remember it. I was told by one of my relatives that his dad, my grandfather, tried to throw Dad out of a second story window when he was young.

It’s no wonder my Dad never hugged me or told me that he loved me; he didn’t know how to show love because his dad didn’t show him love. It’s unrealistic of us to expect parents to show love to their children if they weren’t shown love when they were little.

Thank God that we have parents who love their children and are very kind to them. One of my closest and dearest friends who I have known for almost twenty eight years went into shock and was completely devastated several years ago when she received a telephone call concerning her son. The person who called my friend said "I don’t know how to tell you this and it is breaking my heart to have to tell you but we found your son lying on the ground outside at his job and he is dead. He was struck by lightning and was not found until this morning."

That happened almost fifteen years ago and my friend is just now beginning to accept that he really is dead. While my friend hurts terribly and her heart aches because her son is dead, our dear Heavenly Father hurt a lot more when His Son was killed. If ever you doubt that God loves you, just remember that He gave His only Beloved Son to die for you. There is no greater love than the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father and our precious Saviour. No one else would have sent his son to die in your place.

Instead of judging and pointing the finger at parents who hurt their children, let’s pray for them and be kind to them. Yes, that is what the Bible teaches us to do. We are to be kind and loving to them. I personally believe that the only way that parents are going to stop hurting their children is for them to first feel that someone loves them.

Father, we ask that You would please protect these little children who You love so much. Help us to be part of the solution in showing love and understanding to these parents remembering all the time that except for Your grace and mercy, we also might be cruel to our children. Father, please let these parents know that You do love them and that You love them unconditionally and that You will forgive them if they will humble themselves and ask for forgiveness and admit that they need help.

I have to be honest with You, dear Father. I am so angry at this mother who did this to her son and at the man who threw his four children off of the bridge that I am having a hard time loving them. Yet, that is exactly what You did for us. You not only continued to love us unconditionally when Jesus was crucified; You forgave us for killing Your only Son. Thank You so much for making such a loving sacrifice for us when You sent Your only Son to die for us. May we be the children that You desire us to be. Amen.

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