Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:1-2, Romans 12:10, Galatians 5:14-15, Ephesians 4:2-3
It's a tough situation when your "in-laws" become "out-laws"--but it happens. In all probability your in-laws mean well, but it can still be irritating. How can you deal with this type of situation and not alienate your in-laws, or worse yet, your spouse? The Bible has the answer.
What Does God Say?
"Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father. Treat younger men like brothers, older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity" (1 Timothy 5:1-2, ESV).
How are you to treat older men?
Which of the following would best reflect this type of attitude?
By word or action, indicate he should mind his own business.
Avoid any contact with this person.
Express appreciation for his concern and assure him you will consider his advice.
Become angry and refuse to talk.
How are you to treat older women?
How would you want your mother to be treated by someone else?
Think back to an encounter you've had with your in-laws. Write out a response below that would be consistent with the instructions you find in 1 Timothy 5:1-2.
Always remember that your in-laws are not your enemies. Ask God to give you a true love for your spouse's parents and remove any bitterness that you might have toward them. If you have offended them in word or action, seek their forgiveness.
Additional Scripture to read: Romans 12:10, Galatians 5:14-15, Ephesians 4:2-3