Daily Devotional – 9/10/14 “Love doesn’t hurt!”

I am not about to jump on the bandwagon of bashing men over domestic violence or blaming women who stay in abusive relationships because I’ve never been in a position to ever get out of one so I don’t know how one feels. However I do know this … LOVE DOES NOT HURT! Yes, words hurts, fists hurts, beatings hurts, wounds hurts but love does not. I don’t know what it feels like to be hit by my husband but I also don’t know what it feels like to hit my husband because I’ve never done it either; respect goes both ways. Listen, it’s time out for keeping things to ourselves. I know grandma used to say you keep family business at home but baby, there are some things that needs to be talked about outside the home. You have teenagers getting their butts kicked at school by these knucklehead boys and they are too scared to come home and tell somebody out of fear of getting their butt beat at home. Teach the kids that home is their safe place and if not home, then at least give them a safe place at somebody’s church. And please stop putting your personal feelings in place when it comes to their worship experience. Just because you ran away from the church instead of dealing with your demons, don’t stop them from getting the worship experience they need; break that generational curse … TODAY! It has to be destroyed. Haven’t you seen the news? Our children are dying by the minute and most of them without a church home which means without the saving grace of God; this has to stop.

This domestic violence demon is running rampant in our community and it is taking the lives of mothers and fathers which mean it is ultimately taking the lives of the children that are being left behind. Y’all we’ve got to destroy it and send it back to the pits of hell from where it came. How? Pray it off of the backs of the men and women who it so easily attaches itself too. How? Women; pray over, under, beside and in front of your man! Men; pray over, under, beside and in front of your woman! Stop letting any and everything into your relationship! Stop letting any and every one into your home! Stop being a hellmate and start being a helpmate! Stop listening to everybody who says they have something to say. Stop hearing every rumor that is spoken about your spouse. And please stop lying down with just anybody! If he or she is a little possessive in the beginning, it’ll only get worse; take heed to the warning signs and if he or she has threatened before, listen. It doesn’t matter if you have a position or not because abuse is abuse and if you’re dead, your casket will look the same as everybody else just a different color. Don’t be embarrassed, be alive. Love doesn’t hurt. Get out, get help!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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