In my family it was not only my father, but also my brother and sister who suffered from alcoholism. That certainly marred my hope for a perfect family. I never struggled with alcohol, but I did wrestle with other sins that seemed to be handed down generation to generation.
According to Romans 8 there is no longer condemnation for those who follow Christ. I have seen how the Lord Jesus steps in and heals a person, entire families from past imperfections. But these ugly human traits from the past still creep out of our families and spring up in our own hearts at unexpected times.
How long must we wrestle with this conflict in our natures? How long until we are perfect?
One of the clearest examples of healing I’ve seen has been in my younger brother’s life. Two years ago Steve was in such despair over his drinking, he set a photograph of his daughters on his bedside table, his Bible next to that, and he drank a full bottle of vodka along with a bottle of over-the-counter sleeping pills. He expected to wake up in heaven. He didn’t. He woke up very sick in his bedroom.
God was not going to let my brother die in his imperfection.
For the following two years Steve took the brave steps of recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous. He came to live with us for a time, and joined us each Sunday at church. What my brother learned is, the Lord is faithful to those who truly walk the line with Him. Today he is clean and sober, has a beautifully renewed relationship with his daughters, and is living his life with joy. He’s still not perfect though. And neither am I.
There are no easy answers to dysfunction. No quick fixes.
But…and I love this “but”. In Romans 8 we read. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
It seems God likes to work with imperfect people, and the stories of how He heals our imperfections on a daily basis.
In that same chapter 8 of Romans, we learn that we all must live with the torture of trying to walk the line with Christ and failing. But we have the hope that God is constantly working to help us become the people and the families that He wants us to be.
Romans 8: 22 says, “ We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
It’s like giving birth, you can’t rush the process. So when your ugly human traits raise their nasty fangs and you fail, go to God, ask for His forgiveness and strength to get back up again, and know that one day when you see the Lord face to face, then you will be perfect.
And if you would like to read a novel about this moral dilemma of our family natures, keep in mind that the theme verses of my latest novel Veiled at Midnight are Romans 8:38 and 39.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
About Veiled at Midnight (Book 3 of the series Twilight of the British Raj)
As the British Empire comes to an end, millions flee to the roads. Caught up in the turbulent wake is
Captain Cam Fraser
his sister Miriam
and the beautiful Indian Dassah
Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since the days when he played with the orphans at the mission as a boy. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he?
As this becomes clear to Dassah, she has no option but to run. Cam may hold her heart—but she cannot let him break it again.
Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soulmate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?
The 1947 Partition has separated the country these three love…but can they find their true homes before it separates them forever?
ABOUT CHRISTINE LINDSAY:
Stories of Christine Lindsay’s ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and now the newly released Veiled at Midnight.
Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first contemporary romance set in N. Ireland.
Christine makes her home on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.
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