What About Annoying Parents?

God's Way to Handle Difficult, Annoying Parents

Christianity isn’t about taking the easy way out (Luke 9:23-25). 

God promises heavenly rewards for those who face earthly hardships and persevere (James 1:12). 

Sometimes we forget this truth when dealing with difficult relationships, especially our relationship with our parents.

Scripture says disregard for parents is a sign of ungodliness, one symptom of people who “have a form of godliness but deny its power” (Romans 1:28-30; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

If we minimize our responsibilities to our parents, we deny the power of God by:
1. Believing ease of life is more important than God's call to self-denial.
2. Believing God’s commands are optional.
3. Believing our problems are beyond the scope of Christian perseverance.
4. Underestimating God’s promise (Ephesians 6:2-3).

Sometimes parents are abusive, but often people call their parents “abusive” when they're actually just "annoying" or "difficult."

Sometimes “boundaries” are necessary, but often people use this word to justify neglect or disinterest in their parents. Or they set up boundaries to avoid the messy aspects of conflict resolution.(1)

Consider the challenges of people like Joseph, David, Ruth, and the New Testament apostles. 

Surely we don't think honoring a critical, annoying parent is beyond the scope of our faith (Proverbs 24:10)?

This Mother's Day, let's honor God by genuinely honoring our mothers, even if they are a bit annoying, eccentric, senile, or rude. Whether they deserve the respect or not, let's do it out of respect for Jesus.
(1) We're imperfect people and conflict resolution is often messy and difficult, but it's worth the time and effort, especially in regard to our parents. If you've given up on resolving your problems with your parents, please read Talk or Give Up.
Need some more encouragement in your relationship with your parents? Check out these devotions:
Bless Your Marriage--Love Your Mother-in-law
Underestimated Command
Mother Earth or Earthly Mother? 

God's Way to Handle Difficult, Annoying Parents

1 comment:

  1. I went through this when our father left our Mom after she became paralyzed. My mom and I made a home together until she went home at age 80. She lived a full life . Our father remarried another woman with daughters. I went to see him when he was ill in the hospital. At his funeral he left each of his 3 original daughters ( myself and my two sisters) $1.00 each so we wouldn't contest his will which we wouldn't dream of.
    I definately honor yhe memory of our Mom on Mother's day abd forgive our father.
    In Jesus name Amen


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