How Can the Gospel Help In My Present Pain and Anguish?

Episode 451 Show Notes 

From the Show

Jesus loves you. He hates what happned to you, and Jesus does not take advantage of you. Evil people may hurt us and use us but Jesus does not do that to you. He did not bring you into this world so you could be taken advantage of and that not the end of your story. God brought you into this world to know him and to glorify him and as hard as it may seem you don’t have to be defined by your abuse, by your past. Jesus is an advocate for the vulnerable and the abused.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I've come across a teaching that says, on one hand, that a person is saved by grace through faith, yet it also says that works play a role in the final judgment and are “necessary” for salvation. This is a confusing teaching. Is this a biblical understanding of salvation? 

2. Why the focus on homosexuality if divorce is more prevalent and equally a sin? 

3. If my heart is pure will it outweigh my worldly ways? 

4. When she was younger, my wife was molested. She feels God brought her into the world only to be taken advantage of. I try to talk to her about the gospel, how all our pain and anguish are answered in the gospel. I feel inadequate in being able to guide her or to turn to Scripture to show here what it is that I find is my comfort. My question is, what do I do? Where do I go to be able to help guide her as she is going through this and help her understand that the gospel isn’t only for when you die, but for now, when you are alive here on earth? 

Resources

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges

The Story of Me: Babies, Bodies, and a Very Good God by Brenna Jones and Stan Jones

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb

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