Your family is supposed to be the closest people to you; they know your good and bad qualities, your strengths and weaknesses. However, the very people that were meant to cover you and protect you from the teeth that bite so bitterly in the world are sometimes those that wound you the most. The wounds that are often inflicted bring pain to your heart but you can’t give up without trying to resolve the issues. Life is filled with many challenges and that also includes relationships with family members. Sometimes it is not family by blood that makes you happy rather it is those that are adopted through establish relationships. Relatives have a tendency to take family for granted and show a lack of appreciation for the many sacrifices that are made to accommodate them. Life is not about family traumas and dramas but it is about loving and receiving love from others, touching and transforming lives.
Words spoken when perceived wrongly can create hurt feelings and cause division to occur among family members. Hurtful words linger in the heart and it can cause unforgiveness, bitterness and anger to live on within you. Out of control behaviors and bad habits are major factors that break down relationships within the family. Are you struggling with an addiction but your family doesn’t know about it? Be open and honest with your family about your issue, get their support so that you can overcome the addiction, pray for guidance and allow your family to hold your hand through it; do not push them away because that will not help you, it will only wound you.
Live your life for what lies ahead tomorrow do not focus on the negativity that you went through yesterday. Avoid throwing blames around for what you did, take responsibility for your actions, accept what you did and apologize to those that you wound along the way because you were bitter at everyone. Let the past go so you can enjoy the future that God has set aside for you. Hugs don’t make up for the disappointments but it is a good way to start something new by burying the pain. You are defined by how well you rise after a fall and not by what you went through. Refresh your mind, replenish your heart with positive thoughts and rejuvenate the relationship with your family by spending quality time with them. Finally, untangle yourself from the past residues and don’t try to walk in another person’s shoe when you can create your own footprints and tell your story.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9
“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19
Prayer: Heavenly Father please forgive me for my wrongs, give me the courage to acknowledge the things I have done to hurt others. Father for those that hurt me I release them today from my heart and extend forgiveness to them today. Father help me to move on from my past, strengthen me to face tomorrow in Jesus name I pray in Jesus name. AMEN!