Make Peace With Your Parents
Review the first four commandments in Exodus 20.
- The second group begins with one that deals directly with our family relationships. (Exodus 20:12) What does this tell us?
- List all the benefits that come from being brought up in a family where there is honor, cooperation, respect, and love.
- How does your relationship with your parents affect your relationship with God? How does rebellion against parents affect the way one relates to authoritarian figures in their life?
- What does it mean to honor? What are we promised if we keep this Commandment?
- What do we learn from Ephesians 6:1-4 that gives a clear understanding of the fifth rule for the Road?
- Read Ephesians 4:29-32 and make a list of those things we can do to make our family a mutual admiration society.
- Personal question: Are you a giver or a taker? A selfish person or a team player?
- “Whether your parents are good or bad, for your good, you need to make peace with them.” How have you found this to be true in your life?
- Describe an irregular parent.
- How is it possible to stop the chain of abuse and destructive patterns in a family?
- Please talk about the baton in a relay race and how what you do with it (in the time that you have it before you pass it on) is up to you.
- Is it too late to change? Why not?
Close with this thought: God calls us to forgive and put love into action no matter what other family members do or do not do.