Fights. Every family has their share of fights. We can argue over the silliest things but we argue. The problem becomes when we get confused over who the enemy is. We view the people we are arguing as our enemy and this view just causes deep divisions in our families. In fact once you label your spouse the enemy it puts a strain on your relationship. But all of this enemy talk is misguided. Your spouse is NOT the enemy!
Your children are NOT the enemy!
Jesus helps us identify the enemy in John 10:10 "The thief's purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." So who is this enemy? Satan. The enemy at the very beginning in the Garden is still our enemy. He is the one trying to destroy our marriage and family. Jesus at one points call him "The father of many lies". Satan lies and makes your spouse out to be your enemy. He lies and you turn on your kids. And while he has you distracted he is carrying out his purpose to steal, kill and destroy.
Over the next few days I want to help you understand how to fight for your family and not against them. But start with this simple truth and make sure when you see your spouse and kids you tell yourself over and over again - they are NOT my enemy. You may be in a difficult season. There might be a lot of tension in your home. Don't let any circumstances convince you the enemy is not Satan.
It's time to fight!! It time to put on the gloves and fight for what really matters. Fight for your marriage and fight for your family.
Jesus Follower, Husband, Father, and Pastor and trying to keep those in the right order....