Family Tree: Joy

Family Tree - Part 2

Joy Killers in the home

1. Conflict

Psalms 55:12-14 “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.”

Philippians 2:1 “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then MAKE ME TRUELY HAPPY by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”

2. Criticism

Proverbs 27:15 “A nagging spouse is like the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet; You can’t turn it off, and you can’t get away from it.”

Galatians 5:14-15 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another

3. Over Committing

If your family tree is not producing joy how do you get it back?

1. Make your home a SAFE PLACE

Proverbs 22:6 “train up a child in the way they should go”

2 Timothy 2:24-25 “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and patient. The Lord’s servant must GENTLY teach those who disagree. Then maybe God will let them change their minds so they can accept the truth.

2. Lead your family with a SUSTAINABLE PACE

3. Fill your house with a Spirit of GRACE

Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit it love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…"

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”