Showing Mercy, Not Condemnation

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Eritrea Showing Mercy not Condemnation smallTWR Country Focus: Eritrea

Arsema did everything she could think of to get her husband to fight and overcome his alcohol addiction.

His drinking was causing emotional and social problems and was undermining the family’s well-being. Writing to tell her story to the TWR staff, Arsema (not her real name) said she had tried often to get him to stop or even simply to reduce his drinking. But nothing worked.

“Thus, as a final solution, I decided to divorce, to lead my own life,” she wrote.

“…. Our desire was to live together, but an enemy – alcoholic drink came between us to put an end to our marriage.”

Arsema was torn about her decision. Her husband was a good man when he wasn’t drinking, and he wanted to live with his family, but the addiction was stronger. He packed his belongings and left without looking back.

Arsema kept thinking about him and wondering whether she had done the right thing. She listened to the Bible lessons on the radio ministry and prayed frequently. The lessons on the air led her to examine her own actions.

“Therefore, I admitted that I have not done enough to maintain the relationship,” she wrote. “I have learned a great lesson that God’s way is of redemption, not revenge; of love, not loathing; of mercy, not condemnation. How clearly Christ proved that truth on the cross.”

After a short separation, Arsema called her husband and invited him to come for a talk. He could hardly believe her words, she said, and received them with joy. He returned home.

“Later on he asked me how on earth I reversed my decision. I was telling him about the message that changed my mind. My husband’s interests in the spiritual matters grew surprisingly. And thanks God gradually that he has begun joining me listen to the Bible teaching in the radio broadcast messages. Indeed God is doing a miracle in our family.”

Facts About Eritrea:

  • Independent media has been banned in Eritrea, though satellite dishes carrying international broadcasters are widely seen and the internet is said to be accessible.
  • The European Union in late 2015 pledged to provide 200 million euros to promote better governance and development of the energy network in the country.