The Bible says that, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart” (Psalm 34:18). God is not the author of abuse, but He is the healer of it.
After experiencing trauma and abuse, there is great damage done to a person’s soul (not to mention the effects of abuse on the body). But this is not the end of the story. There is healing and restoration, and a new life ahead. This is often a process that involves multiple steps and contains various facets.
In a follow-up message to The Church’s Response to Abuse, I preached a message on steps toward healing after abuse. I outlined some of the practical ways that a person can begin to heal and move forward, and some of the multi-faceted factors in the healing process. May you be blessed and encouraged in your healing journey as you listen!