The Family Way

She couldn’t understand how you would talk to your own daughter in such a way.

2 Samuel 17:1-29

Reference: “I would attack him while he is weary and weak. I would strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would strike down only the king” 2 Samuel‬ ‭17:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: My friend Jacinta used to have a good friend in Sally. They met later in life but found some common interests and enjoyed each other’s company.

As their children got older Jacinta started to notice some unusual behaviour in Sally. She loved to have a good laugh but would often take the mickey out of her daughter and call her names.

Jacinta brought this up with Sally a number of times but nothing changed. She didn’t see there being anything wrong, whereas Jacinta couldn’t understand how you would talk to your own daughter in such a way.

The last time I saw Jacinta I asked after her friend and she told me they had drifted apart as she really struggled with Sally’s behaviour.

Application: Family are not always easy to get along with, but we should do our best to speak to them and about them with respect. In fact, what we say about others really reflects more on us than on them.

When Absalom spoke of going to war you would think it was against his worst enemy. He was, however, strategising against his own father.

The common saying “you can’t choose your family” is very true. But you can choose how you respond to them.

May our actions towards our family declare to others what we are really like.

Prayer: Lord, none of us are perfect and we all struggle with relationships, but may we learn to respect and honour those in our families and those who have shown us love and support. Amen.

What is your relationship with your family like?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.