3 survival techniques when someone hurts you

Richard Wurmbrand, leader of the “Underground Church” in 20th Century Communist Europe, is well known, and not just to his own Romanian people. His life of Christian faith is an encouragement to all who are persecuted, to all who go through trials and tribulations of every kind. We can learn from his book, Tortured For Christ, 1967, Hayfield Publishing company.

Part #4 Three survival techniques when someone really hurts you.

Rev. D. Johns           Jan. 30//12

Thankfully I have not had to face persecution or physical pain like so many less fortunate than me. Current struggles around the world, and similar stories from history, reveal so much brutality – some of it beyond comprehension. Inhumanity numbs me, scares me. I am afraid of pain. Sure I have had people betray me, undercut my leadership, spread lies about me (yes, this is a reality even in churches) – but I have not faced war or torture.  Richard Wurmbrand spent 14 years in a communist prison. During that time he says the guards often wondered how the Christians could be happy in such terrible circumstances. Hunger and torture were daily realities. And the prisoners, likely emulating the Philippian prison posture of Paul and Silas (Acts 16), would often sing – only to be beaten even more fiercely. Here are three of Wurmbrand’s personal survival solutions.

  1. He meditated on Job. He says “I knew the end of the story!” God would restore, replenish, rebuild and reward. More than what was lost would eventually be replaced. In the middle of the trial I know it is difficult to believe this, but that is where faith comes into play. We will be stronger when it is all over.
  2. He envisioned the final destination of a Christian believer. A picture of a splendidly crowned saint in the holy and glorious presence of a raised and glorified Jesus was his motivation to never lose hope.
  3.  In the jailers who whipped us we saw the possibilities of the jailer of Philippi, who though first whipping Paul, eventually became a Christian convert. We dreamed that our brutal guards would ask the same question posed to Paul and Silas: what shall I do to be saved? It was in being tortured by them that we learned to love them”

About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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3 Responses to 3 survival techniques when someone hurts you

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Az ember,miután elmúlik első döbbenete,kialakítja túlélési technikáit,bármilyen helyzetbe kerül.
    Túlélni az ember azonban nem elsősorban önmagáért akar,hanem azért,mert valahol szeretik,várják,fontosnak tartják.
    Isten sosem enged meg önmagáért egy eseményért valamit.Megenged nehéz dolgokat,hogy alakítsa életünket és másokét is az események által.
    Végső célját egy-egy dologgal néha nem is értjük,a történések pillanatában.Megértjük később,vagy odaát,amikor minden világossá,érthetővé válik számunkra.
    A legfontosabb dolog,hogy átadjuk Istennek mind fájdalmunkat,mind félelmünket,mind pedig az igazságszolgáltatást minden ügyünkben.

    • dougjohns says:

      Elizabeth: thank you for reading and commenting. My knowledge of Hungarian is non-existant, and several on-line translators are ‘hit & miss’. Yes, in the final analysis, we may know only in eternity the divine perspective on our hurt – and yes, we do best when we give all our pain to God.

  2. Charlotte says:

    That’s a smart way of thinnikg about it.

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