Scriptures: Romans 15:4, 2 Corinthians 12:9
God's grace is sufficient; He is in our lives for the impossible stuff. God wants to direct us to pathways of effectiveness and change the impossible into the possible.
God wants us to have hope that things can change. One man said "there is no pain like family pain," but God's grace has the power to remove pain. We must find a way to insert God's grace into our family structure. Once we recognize our limitations, we can then turn to God for strength.
We must remember that the Bible is not a retouched photograph: its full of real people with real pain. The Bible reveals family trials of the past, and shows how God provided healing, lets look at some examples: first is Hosea.
Hosea was a prophet and his wife was a prostitute. She had two other children by other men and throughout their marriage she continued to seek relationships with other men. Hosea was instructed by God to continually purchase her back from these men, raise her children and take care of her. Hosea dealt with family pain.
The second example is King David's son Absalom. Absalom was described in the Bible as being a handsome man and being the son of the King, he had many opportunities in life, but family pain got in the way. Absalom's whole life changed when he found out his brother had raped his sister, and his angered escalated into him murdering his brother. He eventually overthrew his father's kingdom and sleeps with David's concubines in a tent on the roof of his father's house. Absalom formed an army to attack his father's army and eventually is killed in battle. David suffered saying: "my son, my son Absalom." This is a family that dealt with pain.
Why did they deal with all this family pain? The answer is sin. Gomer, Hosea's wife, sought lust above the love of her husband. Absalom allowed his anger cloud his judgement and took life into his oSin makes us question God's Word. Sin makes us distort God's Word. It makes us deny God's word. But Romans 5:20 tells us: "But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." God's grace can heal family pain; it is sufficient for all our struggles. God's grace will overcome the impossible and will put our families on pathyways of effectiveness. God's grace provides patience and God's Word provides hope. We must allow Him to move in us and in our families to let grace abound in our lives.