Most family problems emerge when we rebel against God’s design; polygamy, adultery, and divorce all cause problems because they deviate from God’s original plan. The Word of God has a lot to say concerning relationships, the first of which is family dynamics. (Genesis 2:22–24). The Bible gives clear instructions about how family members are to treat each other. God’s plan is that husbands love their wives in the same way that Christ loves His church (Ephesians 5:25, 33). Wives are to respect their husbands and submit to their leadership (Ephesians 5:22–24, 33; 1 Peter 3:1). Children are to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1–4; Exodus 20:12). How many family problems would be solved if husbands, wives, and children simply followed those basic rules? The key to harmony in families is not one we naturally want to apply. (Ephesians 5:21) says to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Submission is in direct opposition to our flesh’s desire to rule and have its way. We defend our rights, champion our causes, defend our opinions, and assert our own agendas whenever possible. God’s way is to crucify our flesh (Galatians 5:24; Romans 6:11) and submit to the needs and wishes of others whenever we can. Jesus is our model for that kind of submission to God’s will. First Peter 2:23 says, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” None of us are immune from the snares of this world; we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. A healthy marriage, a strong relationship, can only blossom when we make the Lord center of our lives. When we adopt the spirit of humility and treat each other as Jesus treats us, we can resolve many of our family and relationship problems. “Let go, let God”!
To our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be the glory both now and forever, Amen. Evangelist Al Garza