Surviving and Imperfect Family by Jason Exley

While it may be difficult to live in an imperfect family, it is not at all impossible. Joseph is proof that you can survive an imperfect family situation. We read about Joseph’s story in Genesis 37-41.

Joseph was raised in a home filled with angry, jealous and deceitful people, yet he became one of the two men who’s lives are recorded in the Bible about whom there is not one word of criticism.

While families have changed, there is a sense in which they haven’t changed. Joseph’s family lived some 4000 years ago. While the culture has changed, we’ll see some of the same moral failures in his family that you’d find in some of today’s families.

Joseph’s family tree is a case study in imperfection, one full of FavoritismJealousyHatred, and Rejection.

But Joseph’s life gives us some valuable lessons on surviving imperfect families.

  • Don’t Quit
  • Be Faithful
  • Break the Cycle
  • Trust God
  • Be Useful
Joseph had a rotten family background.  On the surface he would appear to be unqualified to account for much of anything – but his life shows us that God can and will use people from all kinds of backgrounds to accomplish His work.
Homework:  Guard your heart against bitterness, so that God can fulfill His purpose through your life.

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About jasonexley

After growing up as a Missionary Kid in Argentina and other Latin American countries, my wife and I now live in Midlothian, TX, where we pastor a really exciting new church called Life Church.

Posted on May 1, 2011, in Church, Love Articles and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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