Beware of Christian films.
Some project perfection, life’s not like that. A normal young couple get married and have children. Without committed faith in God they make normal mistakes as any normal parents would. Mistakes that damage their relationships as a family. Things change when they start believing, going to church and reading the bible together. As time passes all is healed. This happy family expands adding two more happy generations. Even the prodigal son returns home. Good luck with that!
Some things you can’t go back and fix as though they never happened. Things that were missed, that should have been there, are lost to time. Ignorance creates consequences that only God can work to our good, and that doesn’t happen for everyone.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) The majority of families have their share of non-believers, those who do not love God. The consequences, for them, may never be remedied; and that is real life. So what can be done?
The best we can do is carry no guilt for things that we would have changed. Christ is our guilt offering. Freed of guilt we can learn and change to be a witness to truth. Jesus never said that He was bringing peace to families. He brought a sword. (Matthew 10:34-35; Luke 12:53) Peace is only for those who love Him. (John 14:14-16)
Todays message? When reminded of our failures remember this….. “Pilate came out again and said to them, ‘Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.'” (John 19:4) Jesus became our “guilt offering”. (Leviticus 5) Another reason to love Him!