Now let’s take a look at the first family. I am not talking about the family of the President of The USA but literally, the first family. Adam and Eve and their lovely children! The very first family, that household in the Garden of Eden composed of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel. Their story includes a couple of major flaws, but this family survived, so I want to address the issue of “Surviving Family Flaws.”
How do you survive when your wife walks out on you? How do you survive the rebellion of a child? What about family members with addictions or other self-destructive behaviors? How do you handle an adult child or a wife who is out of control with his or her spending, or they’re lazy or inconsistent? What do you do with a wife who won’t be a mother and shuns the responsibilities of mothering? How do you handle these and many other family flaws? And what about your own flaws?
Some of you have felt the pain that comes from the family flaw of abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse, or even sexual abuse! That’s is horrible and my heart goes out to you. Some of us have also felt the pain that comes from loss. Such as the premature death of someone you loved dearly, or broken relationships due to irreconcilable differences. How can you survive? God has comforting and encouraging answers in His Word, the Bible!
Concerning the family of Adam and Eve, let’s get the bad news out of the way first. The bad news about the first family is that we’ve all inherited their genes. We’re all flawed. The Bible says we’ve all sinned because we all inherited their sinful nature. But there’s also good news, news good enough to prevail over the bad news!
Greater Than Your Flaws
It’s good news that trumps every personal and family failure. And this is it: Yes, we’re all flawed, but we’re not flawed beyond hope! With God’s help we can overcome the impact of our flawedness. GOD’S GRACE IS GREATER THAN OUR FAMILY FLAWS!
“Where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased and superabounded…”
I want you to keep this in mind as we go through this series. We’ll be looking at some very dysfunctional families in the Bible. But no family flaw is too great for God’s grace to bring help and healing.
If we will plug into God’s grace and ask for His wisdom and follow His instructions we can have peace and joy in our lives no matter how tough things have been or are right now in our family! Just remember that no matter what you have done or what others have done to you, God wants to restore your life. And no matter how hard things seem right now, God can and will bring you out of that for His glory. Are your ready?
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