What does the Bible say about family problems?

Some of you reading this are old enough to remember TV shows like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet or another like Father Knows Best. These were Hollywood shows depicting the quintessential American family in all its bliss. Of course, even back in the 1950s life was not family life was not always so smooth. Human nature apart from the saving Grace of Christ will always turn to self-centered evil.


Question: “What does the Bible say about family problems?”

Answer: 
Family problems are nothing new. In a fallen world, those we should love the most—our families—often become the ones we fight with the most. The Bible doesn’t gloss over sin, and it records a number of family problems, starting with Adam’s blame-shifting, with his wife as the target (Genesis 3:12). Sibling rivalry crops up in the stories of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers. Jealousy among wives—one of the negative consequences of polygamy—is found in the stories of Hannah, and Leah and Rachel. Eli and Samuel dealt with wayward children. Jonathan was almost murdered by his father, Saul. David was brokenhearted by his son Absalom’s rebellion. Hosea experienced marital difficulties. In each of these cases, relationships were damaged by sin…

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