Healthy In-Law Relationships

Healthy In-Law Relationships

We need to begin with clear expectations and communication.
Single Session Bible Study

Overview

It’s been said that when you say “I do” to your spouse at the altar, you’re also making a commitment to your spouse’s family. But that may be more than you bargained for.

As Les and Leslie Parrott convey in their articles “Help! I Can’t Shake the In-Laws,” “My In-Laws Hate Me,” and “I Dread the Holidays” from MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP magazine, managing relations with your in-laws can require a combination of firmness, love, and tact. What does it take to leave the parental authority you’ve been under and build a new life together? How do you protect your privacy from well-meaning, but intrusive, parents? What does a healthy relationship with in-laws look like? This study explores these questions in greater detail.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Song of Songs 1:2–4; Proverbs 5:15–19; 1 Corinthians 13:4–7; Ephesians 4:25–27

LEADER'S GUIDE

• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: The importance of becoming a new family unit.

Teaching point two: Establish clear boundaries from the beginning.

Teaching point three:Pursue harmony with in-laws when possible.

• Apply Your Findings

• Additional Resources

ARTICLE FROM MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP

Help! I Can’t Shake the In-Laws, My In-Laws Hate Me, and I Dread the Holidays by Les and Leslie Parrott

Total number of pages – 11

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