Let’s talk about your relationship with your parents and in-laws. The Bible is full of teachings about the respect and honor parents are due. Ephesians 6:2-3 says, “Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise; that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” It’s not optional—it’s a command!
There are no excuses. As a Christian you are to honor your parents, and you are to show this same respect to your in-laws. You reveal the level of your spiritual maturity in these important relationships. God has given you all the grace and all the character resources you need to get along with anyone—including your parents and in-laws. And don’t forget you are modeling to your children how they should treat you and their future relatives.
Father, give me a heart for my parents and my spouse’s parents. Help me work on deepening our relationships. Encourage me to lead my children to nurture these important connections to family and to their heritage—in life and in faith! Amen.
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Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:
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