What is your opinion of a son whose priority is his family rather than his parents?

January 28, 2011

In Genesis 2:23-24 we’re shown that part of God’s plan for marriage is for the new couple to leave their families and to be united together. We are to leave our parents emotionally and physically and financially in order to form a new family with our mate. What this doesn’t mean is that we are to ignore our parents or discard their wisdom once the wedding reception is over. Instead, we should be passionately pursuing God’s plan for marriage while graciously pursuing a new and different relationship with our parents.

This might mean, as a parent, you remove financial assistance or that you call once a week instead of daily conversations. For the newlywed couple, it might mean that you stop taking money from your parents or decide that a call once a week is enough for now. How that pursuit looks will be different in each situation and will change over time. So be patient, talk about it, and extend grace to each other.

The bottom line is that when we pursue God’s plan for our lives, God is pleased, and we are blessed.

For a more information take a look at this sermon by Pastor Ray:

Adam’s Rib: How God Arranged the First Marriage

Answered by Mark Pritchard

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