Have you ever wondered how Biblical characters might have told their stories to therapists? Moses might have warranted abandonment issues when his mother floated him down a river for adoption. Joseph was kidnapped and sold into slavery by his brothers. He could relate to any betrayal, jealousy and stolen identity case studies. Isaac probably struggled with trust issues and complained that his Dad tried to kill him, “I don’t know what would have happened if that ram hadn’t happened by.” Only God knows the prayers of the children of the Hebrew 11 heroes.
With all of the faith heroes, God cuts through their lives to find the redemptive threads in each person and calls it good. He does the same with us. He sees the good and the bad and looks for the redemptive threads. One benefit of accepting Jesus as our personal savior is that God sees us through Jesus’ righteousness. Whew. For the people who have hurt us, we might need to meet with a counselor, and we might need time to heal. With God’s help, we can seek His perspective on the difficult people in our lives. Ultimately, God calls us to forgive those who have trespassed against us.
The next step in the honoring process is acceptance. The first step is honesty, and the second is acceptance. The word, “process” indicates that coming to honor is a journey. Accepting our parents for who they really are is a choice to love them honestly.
To catch up, see Learning How to Honor a Difficult Parent – Part 1
To continue, see Learning How to Honor a Difficult Parent – Part 3