The Family – Part 4

Everyone has a family. And every family has issues. This is what makes it tough because you can pick your friends, but you didn’t pick your family. You want these issues to change, but it seems the people in your family don’t care at all. They keep causing more issues, that cause more hurt and more anger. 

What do you do when you’re trying to deal with the issues, but the issue does not go away? The person that you love is hurting themselves, is hurting you, and is hurting the relationship? You really thought it would be solved by now. You are trying to do what is right, but it’s still a mess. How can we do this? 

  1. What is your go-to method for getting away and finding peace and rest?

  2. Pick one word that describes your family?

  3. If you could wave a magic wand, what’s one relationship you would change right now?

  4. Pastor James defined a burden as extremely difficult circumstances, oppressive ordeal, or excessive weight that is difficult to bear alone. Can you share a time when you stepped in to help someone carry a burden?  How did it work out?

  5. Pastor James defined a load as choices individuals are responsible to make on their own. Can you share a time when you stepped in to help carry someone else’s load?  How did that work out?

  6. Relational issues are not problems to be solved but tensions to be managed. There isn’t a list of how to’s.  Why is it so important to pray for wisdom and guidance by the Holy Spirit?

  7. Read Galatians 6:9-10. The solution here is not all about trying to protect ourselves.  We are still called to love and serve. What’s the difference between wearing an apron or a cape?

  8. What is the hardest part about stepping back enough to allow God to work in the consequences?

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