3 – Understanding Relationship Currency
Two big withdrawals that will cause pain in your relationship with your parents…
1. God cares about your family life
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the Father who is full of mercy and he is the God of all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble so we can comfort others when they have trouble. We can comfort them with the same comfort that God gives us.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
2. God can heal the wounds in your family life
“Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” – Matthew 4:23
“If anyone belongs to Christ, he is made new. Old things have gone. Everything is made new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
So how do you build trust in your relationship with your parents? Let me give you some steps…
1. Focus on your relationship with God
“Come near to God and God will come near to you. You’re sinners so clean out the sin in your life. You’re trying to follow God and the world at the same time.” – James 4:8
2. Find ways to make deposits of trust
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” – Colossians 3:20
3. Fight and don’t give up – even when it’s hard
“I ask the Father and his great glory to give you the power to be strong in spirit, give you that strength through his spirit. I pray that you can understand how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than any person can ever know.” – Ephesians 3:16
– Todd talked about the currency of relationships being trust. How do you see that in your relationship with your parents?
– What are the typical areas you struggle with and tend to make withdrawals in? Do you struggle more with disrespect or disobedience?
– How does your relationship with God impact your relationship with your family? How should it?
– What are some practical ways you can make deposits in your relationship with your parents?
– What do you think would happen if you asked your parents this question this week: “How can I better respect and obey you?” Are you up for that challenge?