Making Peace with Your Past


Making Peace with Your Past

Far too many families today can be described as dysfunctional. Boundaries are bulldozed, rules are ransacked, and dysfunction produces more destruction. If you were raised in a dysfunctional family, then you are likely raising your own children the same way. Realize, the dynamics of dysfunction are detrimental to the family. In these Keys for Living, discover how to cultivate your family now for the generations that follow as you learn to establish and apply key principles of biblical truth in your own family.

God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!

Women of Faith's Keys for Living Library provides biblical hope and practical help on a variety of topics to help you overcome difficulties, grow in maturity, and move forward in life. The Keys for Living were created to help you … and help you help others. The Keys are great for personal study and growth, small group studies, and for teaching and training purposes. Go deeper in your understanding and practical application of Biblical truth.

Having control issues, criticism & manipulation in your family?

Today, far too many families can be described as dysfunctional. If you were raised in a dysfunctional family you’re likely to face many of the same challenges as you raise your own children: control issues, harsh criticism, manipulation...

Can you actually change the dynamic of a dysfunctional family? Yes! Well, where do you start? Let’s look at Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, which was dealing with their own dysfunction. 1 Corinthian chapter 13, sometimes called the “love” chapter says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It doesn’t envy, it does not boast, it’s not proud, not self-seeking, not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” That means, with the foundation of God’s love, and by applying biblical truth you can actually cultivate positive relationships that will last for generations.



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What Is a Dysfunctional Family?

  • A dysfunctional family is one where improper and immature behavior of at least one parent damages the growth of individuality and healthy relational skills among family members.
  • A dysfunctional family is one where family members are impaired emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
  • A dysfunctional family is one where everyone is negatively affected even when only one family member experiences a problem.

“He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.”

Proverbs 11:29

What Is a Functional Family?

  • A functional family is one where proper and mature behavior of two parents cultivates a healthy balance between individuality and relational skills among family members.
  • A functional family is one where healthy emotional, psychological and spiritual growth is cultivated among family members.
  • A functional family is one where, as family members encounter problems, they cultivate the ability to face difficulty with confidence and the support of other family members.

“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
and for his children it will be a refuge.”

Proverbs 14:26

Common Questions:

“I grew up in a messed up family, and I am now repeating many patterns from the past. What should I do?”

Identify which patterns need to be changed, then focus on several action steps that will enable you to move toward emotional health and healing. Tell the Lord and those closest to you that you want to give up unhealthy, childish patterns, and ask them to help hold you accountable.

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me” 

1 Corinthians 13:11 

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching” 

Proverbs 1:8




Do you or do you know someone who has additional questions or requires help?

If so, please choose Women of Faith's other resources on this and other relevant topics (Quick Reference Guide, Keys for Living Books and e-Books).

Grace Filled Words:

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” 

Ephesians 6:4

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31–32

Additional Scriptures:

2 Peter 3:18

Philippians 3:13

Exodus 34:6

Genesis chapter 37 Joseph’s Dysfunctional Family 

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