What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses in your relationships with your family?

PROVERBS 23:22-26 (Tap to Expand)

What do you think will bring the greatest joy to your parent(s)?

  • Listening to them
  • Living by the truth
  • Changing how you live at home

The goal of this study is for you to understand the dynamics in your relationship with your family and compare them to how God wants them to be. The results will bring greater joy to your family.

The Scriptures

JOHN 19:25-27 (Tap to Expand)

As Jesus was dying on the cross, what are some words you would use to describe how he looked after his family?

  • Compassion
  • Love
  • Care

Bottom Line: If Jesus shows that kind of care for his family, especially by making sure his mother was taken care of while dying on the cross, we need to care about our own families by being righteous and loving toward them.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:12-13 (Tap to Expand)

Whom should you respect?

  • Those who work hard
  • Those over you in the Lord (Your parents fall into both these categories!)

How can you show greater respect for your parent(s)?

  • Listen and obey right away
  • Verbally express to them frequently that you love and respect them or write it to them in cards or letters.

Bottom Line: You’ve been given so much by your parents. You need to give back by always showing the respect they deserve and God expects you to have for them.

EPHESIANS 4:29-5:1 (Tap to Expand)

How do you get along with each sibling? (Go through each one.) In your relationship with your sibling(s), what should you get rid of?

  • Bitterness and any bad feelings
  • Rage and anger

How should you treat your sibling(s)?

  • With encouragement
  • With Kindness
  • With compassion

Bottom line: In God’s eyes, there is no such thing as sibling rivalry. We must treat all our physical brothers and sisters with so much love that this love is only surpassed by our love for God and our parent(s).

Personal Heart Check Questions

1. What do you feel needs to change the most in your relationship with your family?

2. How will you go about changing these things starting today?

Practical Applications

Apologize to your sibling(s) about any time you’ve fallen short. Express how you want to be different.

Write a one-page letter to your parent(s) about how grateful you are for them, and how you will specifically change to show greater respect for them.