4 Reasons Why We Must Never Give Up On Our Family
                                                               By Dr. James A. Perkins
 
Some of us enjoy great family life, while others have faced, and continue to face, difficulties in family relationships. Growing up in a dysfunctional household can be so tough, that a few wash their hands of family members.
 
Here is a plea for you not to abandon your loved ones, even when you might feel they don’t really love you. Below are 4 Reasons Why We Must Never Give Up On Our Family.
 
1. They need you, and you need them. It’s easy to think you don’t need your family but you do. You owe your life existence to a mom and dad. But more important, they need you to be a witness. You help your family by simply living before them, as a model of a better way of life.
 
2.  They need you to forgive them, and you should. Do you know what Jesus said? “If you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:14-15). If you don’t forgive them, then God won’t forgive you.
 
3. They need you to show them that love never fails. Though your family may have neglected loving you as you needed, you should love them regardless of their errors. The Bible presents the truth in 1 Corinthians 13:8a, “Love never fails.” You have the privilege to show them the power of love.
 
4. They need you, because they are your divine assignment. If you don’t want to treat your family like they have treated you, change how you see them. Realize their value to your personal life. God gave you your family, and they are your divine assignment. Understand that other family members difficulties don’t have to be your own. Your divine assignment is to love them where they are, and view their challenges as teaching tools. Every family trial really is your homework assignment to teach you to triumph in Christ. You might not ever see them change, but they can help you change for the better.
 
God gave us each the unique family we have, and He wants us to never give up on them. So learn to stop being bothered when they won’t respond in right ways, and they fail. Learn not to give up, but grow up by loving them no matter what.