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The imperfect family

 

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — I have never met a perfect family — although I’ve encountered a few that resemble the Cleavers: well-behaved children, a textbook marriage and a dog that graduated from obedience school.

Every family faces its share of setbacks, heartaches and unresolved questions. We’re imperfect people, so naturally we have imperfect families. Every family is on a spiritual journey that starts with the intervention of God’s grace and continues as He shapes each family member day by day.

We are not exempt from family problems simply because we follow Jesus and rely on biblical principles to raise our children and guide our marriage. Unfortunately some believers have bought into the lie they have failed to measure up to God’s expectations if their child or spouse makes a poor life-decision. Because they feel the sting of guilt and shame, they choose to hide their pain and disappointment from brothers and sisters in Christ. But this is a time for transparency — not independency.

God never intended us to face family challenges alone. Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (NIV). We must not allow pride, embarrassment or unrealistic expectations to rob us of the prayers and support from our church family. When we enlist others to pray for our family members, we fortify the hedge of protection around them and declare to the enemy he is not welcome in our house.

Hal Donaldson

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