Dealing with Family Stress – Biblical Approach
By Albertus S.
There is not any single family without problems, and the unsolved problems can cause family stress.
Most of problems are the ones that couples have never expected before, ranging from financial aspect, sickness, education for children, prodigal sons, disagreeable habits and character of the partner that are disclosed after getting married, etc, etc.
These all things would result in unhappiness in the family.
It’s natural that people are trying everything to make them happy with their life, and think that marriage is a means to get happy. This concept is totally wrong. However, getting married and having a family is absolutely a good thing as it complies with what God says in the Bible in Genesis 2 chapter 18: “Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him”.
Now, why then have there been many people who have family stress and they are not happy with their marriage? The answer is because men have no good relationship with God. They try to solve their problem in the marriage by relying on their own strength and not the power from God.
God loves man who is virtually His creation. He sent His Son to the earth to become a man called Jesus Christ about 2000 years ago, who taught all the people that Father in heaven really loves them, and wants them to worship Him and thus be blessed through obeying His commands.
We now come to the point of the blessed family. The blessed family will have eternal happiness coming from God despite any problems the family has.
How do you get your family blessed by God? There is only on way: accept God through Jesus Christ in your life and obey His commands.
This is in line with what God has said in Psalm 128 chapter 1: “BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who fears, reveres, and worships the Lord, who walks in His ways and lives according to His commandments”, and the blessing will be like what is said in chapter 2: “For you shall eat [the fruit] of the labor of your hands; happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) shall you be, and it shall be well with you”, and chapter 3: ”Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house; your children shall be like olive plants round about your table”.
So that the happiness and joy should not actually be something that a couple struggles for in the family but they are the results of the husband and wife obeying God’s commandments and thereby being blessed with eternal happiness and joy. Couple should ask for God’s help in dealing with family stress.
With the blessing from God, your will receive the right solution to your problem that probably you have never thought of.
Problems are certainly still there, but with the help from God there will be always a way out.
This formula will absolutely apply for all aspects of life, not only in the marriage and family.
I hope this short article will give you a new inspiration and a new hope for a better marriage life. Get rid off the family stress by the help of God, and turn it into happiness.
May God bless you. Amen
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