Sometimes it’s the people closest to us that we struggle to get along with the most. Maybe it’s because they are the people we spend the most time with, see the worst of, and can get away from least. All of us would say we want to have healthier relationships with our family, but sometimes, it’s hard to imagine how to even begin that process. Because our families have broken people just like us, it’s not wonder we find them in conflict. In the first week of our series, we look at what the Bible has to say about our families and focus in on the steps we can take to improve our marriages and our relationships with our kids.
Your first calling is to your family
There are two family relationships we’ll look at today: Husbands/Wives, Parents/Kids
HUSBANDS AND WIVES
Big Deal: Written at a time in history when women did not have ANY rights. They were property. God inspires Paul to bring women up on equal footing with men.
This isn’t about importance or quality.
We’re not all married but we all have parents. Some are biological and some are not. You may have an aunt/uncle or a grandparent who raised you. You may have been adopted.
Here’s what King Solomon said about this…
Kids, yield (submit) to your parent’s leadership (responsibility).
Parents, this assumes you are actively involved in their lives.
NOTE: We don’t serve, honor, lead, sacrifice, or obey because the other person deserves it. WHY? Because these relationships don’t exist to serve me or my agenda. God placed me in relationship with others for my holiness, not my happiness.
My joy is found, not in controlling the people around me but, in the God who guides, controls, blesses my life in relationship with the people around me.
I don’t focus on how to make my family what I want them to be. I am called by God to focus on BEING the kind of family member I want them to be. Whether they respond or not.
What example of Jesus am I setting for my spouse?
What example of Jesus am I setting for my family?
Ask Yourself: What can I do to better reflect Jesus to my wife, husband, kids, parents?