In this audio talk, Tim Lane maintains that difficult family relationships affect us all. The complexity of family conflict impacts us in different ways. Lane discusses several aspects of broken family relationships: 1.) The Bible and one broken family (2 Sam. 15-18) – The dysfunction present in David’s family was redeemed by God’s covenant promises – Scripture points out that there are no perfect families; 2.) Your family of origin does not determine who you become; 3.) God’s call to love includes your family; 4.) Admit that the only way to love your family is found in Christ; 5.) Own your own sins, not theirs – move toward your family and name your own sins; and 6.) Become an instrument of grace to your family. Lane ends with some practical applications to move forward in broken family relationships: 1.) Pray for your family and your relationships with them; 2.) Open up lines of communication with your family; 3.) Ask for forgiveness; 4.) Don’t take sides and be drawn into new family feuds; 5.) Don’t take on the role as a sibling of trying to parent your parents; and 6.) Be creative in how you spend time with your family.
Key Scriptures: 2 Samuel 7:12-14; 15-18; Exodus 20:12; Matthew 5:10-12, 43-48; 7; 10:37-39; Psalm 139