What’s causing you mental distress these days?
Whether they’re problems at work, financial concerns, or a medical issue, sometimes going home to a stable and loving family can make all the difference.
But what if the place that you consider as a sanctuary becomes more like a battlefield? What if your family is struggling with problems and you don’t know how to face them?
Through God’s help, you can overcome. Discover 3 ways to resolve problems as a family:
1. Forgive generously, love unconditionally
If you have a conflict with a family member, ask God to help you love and forgive just as He loves and forgives you.
Forgiving anyone who hurt you is hard, but it’s always better to mend relationships than give up on them. It may be hard, but it will be worth it.
Can you imagine how amazing it would be if parents and children would extend God’s grace through unconditional love and forgiveness toward each other?
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 ESV)
2. Believe that God can make all things new
Sometimes, family problems and conflicts can make families feel like they’re at a dead end.
Thankfully, God is in the business of restoring families. As Deuteronomy 3:30 says, “God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.”
Seasons change and there will always be a season of testing your faith. The good thing? There’s also a season of building and mending for your family! (Ecclesiastes 3:3,7).
Pray that God would reveal Himself to you and your family members, and trust that He can make ‘all things new’ for your household.
3. Pray as a family
Opening up to each other and bringing all your burdens to God through prayers allow yourselves to experience His mighty works.
When you pray together, each family member learns what it means to be intimate with God. When God answers a prayer, each family member experiences His power and presence despite the struggles.
So, take heart and pray! Never stop believing that God can help you overcome family problems. At the end of the day, troubles go away but His steadfast love for you and your family remains forever.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10 ESV)
Do you need a prayer for your family?