A family is one of the pillars of society; and not only society, family, although small, has great influence in nation building. It comprises of people related by blood, marriage, or anything that binds them in union.
A family problem can become a national (or even global) problem. It is that influential.
It is a system ordained by God not only for procreation or companionship, but most importantly, for support.
However, family can oppose each other through conflicts or misunderstandings. The Bible shows us how to handle this situation properly in such a way that God is glorified.
- 1 What Does The Bible Say About Family Turning Against You?
- 2 What Does The Bible Say About Family Turning Against You KJV?
- 3 What Does The Bible Say About Being Hurt By Family?
- 4 What Does The Bible Say About Family Taking Advantage Of You?
- 5 Examples Of Family Problems In The Bible
- 6 How To Handle Family Conflict Biblically
- 7 Scripture About Family Turning Against Each Other
What Does The Bible Say About Family Turning Against You?
The Bible not only has something to say about family turning against you. It also has stories of people whose family turned against them.
This gives us the idea that family can turn against each other, ostracize, criticize, and abandon each other.
(Bible references are from the NIV unless otherwise indicated)
What Does The Bible Say About Family Turning Against You KJV?
As we continue to look at issues regarding family turning against you from God’s word, here are some Bible verses from the KJV Bible that talk about it.
What Does The Bible Say About Being Hurt By Family?
The Bible doesn’t hide this painful reality that family can hurt you either through their words or their actions. Although, we aren’t told to bear a grudge, but to forgive them.
Here are a few instances about being hurt by family.
What Does The Bible Say About Family Taking Advantage Of You?
Will people take advantage of us? Yes. Will some of these “people” be members of our family too? Yes. The Bible therefore puts them all in the same category without specifically pointing only to family.
Meaning that, generally speaking, this should be your response to people taking advantage of you – forgive them. Be wise but give them the chance through your goodness. Give them what they need, take the high road of giving regardless of what they do. God has a way of dealing with those who take advantage of our goodness for evil.
However, to avoid grudge and weariness in well doing, you must trust God for wisdom on how to manage them – know when to be there and when you have to walk away for the sake of peace. Shortly, we will be seeing what the Bible says about family conflicts.
Examples Of Family Problems In The Bible
Family problems are not new; they are as old as family itself. Family conflicts show us our differences in personality and in views. It gives us the opportunity to choose between peace and war, unity and division, progress or stagnation, love or our ego, etc.
God deliberately kept records of family problems for us to see and learn from, so that we can all learn to avoid them one way or another.
Here are a few Bible examples of family problems:
Couples issues: Adam making his wife take the fall for an act in which he participated:
Sibling rivalry: Cain and Abel
Relative conflict: Abraham dealing with his nephew Lot
The examples are quite numerous, but I hope you get the gist now. Family conflicts has existed from the beginning, and it is recorded for our learning.
How To Handle Family Conflict Biblically
There is a way to handle conflicts in the world, and there is a way to handle family conflicts Biblically. Our way is the Bible way, hence why we should know how to handle family conflicts Biblically.
Make the first move towards resolution and peace; apologize if possible
Abraham didn’t wait for Lot to come to him. He made the move first.
Make no conclusions, instead, listen and make effort to understand
Cain wasn’t willing to give Abel a chance. He was blinded by rage that he didn’t realize it wasn’t even Abel’s fault that God rejected him but the state of his own heart.
Make sure you seek peace and not escalation of the current situation
Abraham was willing to let Lot choose what he would want, even when it meant choosing the best. He was willing to lose that so he could walk in peace.
Pray for the family member, the entire family and the issue causing the conflict
Jesus said that when we pray for those who offend us, we become more like God, growing in mercy and increasing in spiritual stature.
Scripture About Family Turning Against Each Other
Here are a few Bible verses that talk about family turning against each other.
Although, all these exists, God’s order for us is peace and love towards all men as much as possible. People will be people, but we mustn’t be like people. We must be like God, loving and forgiving.