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Eight People Beat My Husband Up

How do I begin to try to forgive the 8 people, that brutally beat my husband? He was drug into their car and back to their house, beat, robbed and thrown out to die! He sustained broken ribs and got 7 staples in his head!!

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 ---gina on 4/4/05
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The Love of God. The only way to forgive people is to let God help you. It will be hard, and it will take some time. But put it in God's hands and leave it there all will work out in the end.
---Rebecca_D on 12/31/07

Lorra is correct when she says: "A whole group of people beat, whipped and nailed Our Lord to the cross, and yet after being robbed of His dignity and soon His life, He asked His Father to forgive them for they knew not what they did"
I wish to add, that going to the Lord to ask His help in forgiving is key. He is able when we are not, our strength in our weakness. True forgiveness flows from the love of Christ in us, obtained only through our relationship, time spent with Him. Pray,
---christina on 3/26/07

A whole group of people beat, whipped and nailed Our Lord to the cross, and yet after being robbed of His dignity and soon His life, He asked His Father to forgive them for they knew not what they did.

It isn't easy. But it is necessary. Not only for those who beat your husband, but for you and your husband. Matthew 5:43-48. Part of being a Christian is to forgive and to pray for our enemies.
---lorra8574 on 3/25/07

Oh I am so sorry this happened...start right now and praise the Lord anyhow...( this ticks off satan) God will move miracles when you praise him for things we humanly don't want to. ( I should know, it worked for me in a situation) then start praying for those 8 people to be saved, so they don't do this to someone else..OR your husband again. cause they need salvation. its hard but God will bless you back for praying for them. My prayers are with you, I prayed a prayer for your husband to mend and get closer to God for comfort. ...Jan4876
---Jan on 3/25/07

If we do not forgive others God will not forgive us. Forgivness is a choice not a feeling. We make a conscious decision to obey God and forgive, but because we are human, often the same old feelings of anger etc come back. each time we must confess them and submit them to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help us.I was abused by my husband and it was difficult to forgive him but i decided to obey God and pray for him, In that obedience is where the breakthrough came for me.
---Ann_G on 4/8/05

there is no hurt that others can do to you that will be as damaging as becoming bitter.
---curt on 4/7/05

Not to get too much off the topic but does anyone find it's always harder to forgive someone when they hurt your family. Yet if it was yourself they hurt it's not as hard?
---bethie on 4/5/05

Pray, pray, pray, and then pray some more,and when you're all done, pray even more. i know, because some people destroyed my life and did some horrible and unforgivable things to me. And the hate that comes with the hurt just goes from bad to worse to where you eventually will hate every single human being. You have to get help, and start on your knees in crying out to God. And be careful, because when you think you have forgiven them- even after you honestly did- still years later, the realities and the hate will sneak back up on you like it just happened, then you have to forgive again.
---Eloy on 4/5/05

I can not express enough how horrified and sorry at the same time I am for you and your family. I pray your husband makes a full recovery. I know forgiving is hard. But you have to. You can't let Satan win. I personally know how hard it is. (I have been molested, raped, sexually assaulted and physically, emotionally and sexually abused for 11 years by my ex-husband. It's hard.. and on the bad days you are defiant and refuse to forgive. But you have to keep at it.) Pray God softens thier hearts and they are led to his grace. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
---Becky_S on 4/4/05

Seems to me, there is a biblical story about a man who was beaten and robbed and left by the road to die. Three people passed the place and one man put him on a donkey and took him to an inn or somewhere, and gave them money for his care, and said, 'whatever else it costs to care for him I will repay when I return.' There was no forgiveness in that story. But speaking on justice, cast all your cares on God and He will repay.
---gregg on 4/4/05

As tough as it is to forgive, I found the easiest way to forgive is knowing that its God's vengence not ours. Also its better and healthier not to have anger or hate in our hearts which can easily turn to bitterness. Its a choice you make either you keep the hurts inside of you with all the consequences or you hand it all over to God and be free from the pains. It will still hurt but it gets easier as time goes by.
---Trisha on 4/4/05

Why forgive? Just pray for those bad guys that they may change their ways... so that they won't hurt some more people.
---Jeanette on 4/4/05

Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,I choose to forgive(___)for(the hurt).Without excusing them or condoning their actions,I release them ,and my rights to this hurt ,to you and your judgement and mercy.I refuse to hold anything against them.I cancel the vows I've made to never forgive. I ask YOU to heal the wounds of my spirit from this hurt and restore my relationship to you.Forgive my hatred and resentment and replace it with a love for(name). I want them to go to heaven.
My son was beaten badly with a baseball bat. He has a titanium plate in his head. I pray God will help you heal as he did me.
---Kathy on 4/4/05

An evangelist gave me a card with this info. Forgiveness defined: to imitate God, through His grace,in matters of personal injury;to bestow a favor unconditionally Principle 1 Forgiveness is a must for wholeness of life and relationship in a fallen world. Principle 2 Forgiveness is an activity which Always demands divine resources
Principle 3 Forgiveness is always,first,a amtter of choice(act of will) Principle 4 Forgiveness is always a matter of relationship which involves another personality to which we must properly respond. I'll finish this in the next reply
---Kathy on 4/4/05

Give it to God in prayer. Simply ask him to help you forgive, and then spend time with the Lord. Allow God to fill voids in your life, and teach you. Study his word, and hold fast to his truth. Over time, if you truly abide in him, he will abide in you, and forgiveness will melt away the bitterness in your heart. It will be hard, and trying, and you will have to give it over and over again, but keep persevering dear one. Keep your focus on God, and allow him to do a good work in you.
---Katie on 4/4/05

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