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-Handling Toxic Family Members-

Icebreaker:

We all get irritated with family members from time to time. How would you describe the difference between a ‘normal’ family member and a family member who is toxic?

Discussion:

1. Read II Corinthians 4:7 and II Corinthians 12:9-10.

  • Why is it important to be realistic and accept your limitations in life?

2. Read Matthew 18:21-22; Ephesians 4:32; Luke 17:3-4.

  • Why is forgiveness important in dealing with toxic family members?
  • Explain the difference between forgiving someone and moving back into a relationship with that person.
  • In what cases is it best to forgive but not put yourself back in a relationship with an individual?

3. Read Romans 12:2. Why do we need God in order to ‘renew’ our minds?

4. Read II Timothy 1:7. How does the Spirit of God empower my mind?

5. Read Psalm 119:105. How does the Word of God enlighten my mind?

6. Read Hebrews 10:25. How does the community of God encourage my mind?

7. Read I John 4:16. Why is it so important to understand God’s unconditional love and free grace?

Application:

Pray these prayers each day this week:

  • Father, strengthen me to ACCEPT MY LIMITATIONS.

  • Father, enable me to FORGIVE MY FAMILY.

  • Father, empower me to CHANGE MY THINKING.

  • Father, free me to ACCEPT YOUR LOVE AND GRACE.

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