He is able to break the cycle of retaliation within the family. He is able to change and in changing, he transforms the whole future for his family and indeed his nation. If God can bring transformation to a family which is riven by jealousy, murderous plans, kidnap and slavery, can he not do the same in our lives too? The story of Joseph also teaches us that our path through life can be very tough. It was for Joseph.
But God can take it all, and bring purpose and meaning a good from even the worst that happens to us. Joseph Part 1: Hope for dysfunctional families.
Duncan drew two lessons: Parents must strive not to show favouritism, for this only ever leads to negative consequences. And offenses must be committed if gracious love is to be demonstrated. Family harmony is a good desire and something to work toward. What may be most needed is for our family to be a crucible of grace, a place where the heat of pressure forces sin to surface providing opportunities for the gospel to be understood and applied.
And when this happens the messes become mercies. My point is this: God specializes in redeeming messes.
This meditation is included in the book Not by Sight: Trusting Jesus is hard. The first recorded husband and wife calamitously disobey God Genesis 3. Their firstborn commits fratricide Genesis 4: Time would fail me to talk of: Why is the Bible loud on sinfully dysfunctional families and quiet on harmonious families?
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My emotions play such a huge part in the way I feel physically, too. I wish I could just let it be. I would never wish this pain on anyone, so how can people who are supposed to love me choose to cause me such pain? Sometimes I wish I had done something to deserve it. I think then I could heal, because I could forgive myself or make amends with them. I have apologized for every transgression I can possibly imagine, and I continue to try to mend relationships to no avail.
I want them to know they mean enough to me to keep trying. Obviously not, but WHY not? Kim, There are people that lack empathy. These psychopathic, narcissistic people live to destroy. They do not care about love. For answers research Sandra L. It will set you free,. Hello, Kim — I can feel the pain in your words.
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I understand that there seems to be no way out. I encourage you to seek supportive counseling from a skilled therapist who can help you find a way to live free of this burden. Great article — I am currently experiencing being the scapegoat over the last 6 months and since marrying my husband 2 weeks ago his ex wife and children have upped their wicked games and the hostility.
I have a great therapist for support but I feel for my husband. I think it is interesting if I tell my story straight from the heart I would be accused of lying and making that stuff up. These people want nothing to do with reality. Everything has to be their way, the way they see it.
Interesting article. One problem I see with it is that it is giving some people the satisfaction of crying foul and claiming to be the scapegoat when it is their own actions towards others that are causing the problems.
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The person in our family who would claim to be the victim is actually victimizing the entire family. Hello, Carolyn — as you rightly point out, claiming to be the victim while being the person who causes the distress is not gaslighting.
Thanks for writing this. I gave up trying, and it feels good! Hello, Elizabeth — you make a good point: it is very difficult to turn a family around once a pattern of scapegoating has been established because change threatens every member. Thank you so much for giving this thing a name!! This is how I have been treated since my dad and my sister started building their alliance against me since I was 7, while my mother was watching my treatment throughout my adolescence and it is still going on.
It does something to you and sets you up for experiencing similar situation in your life, because of negative interpretations of events that may not be as one have experienced before. Again, thank you for giving a name to this. Hello, Chinchilla, Thank you for writing such a positive note. It took great strength to do what you did.
It is encouraging to hear your success story. All the best to you. Thank you for taking the time to say so. Married into a family with 5 sisters, my ex was the only boy. I thought I was going to love being a part of a large, tight knit family. I endured 28 years of being shunned. It was heartbreaking to endure. Each of my 4 children were born and no one came to celebrate with us.
My oldest was hospitalized multiple times for severe asthma, no one helped, no one cared to visit or bother to see if she was okay. Hello, Morgan — how difficult that must have been for you! I send my best regards for your continued healing. The scapegoat is not to blame. I am the scapegoat too. Due to father, brother and his wife and their 4 children, as well as some my cousins. I am seeing a counselor, and am going to talk about this scapegoating, but i am very sad of the isolation my two children and i experience due to their Dysfuntional behaviors. Creating isolation for me and my two lovely children is so unacceptable.
I have a few health challenges and Having no family support is such a burden.
I have God who helps me by giving me Peace and his protection. God makes it clear this behavior is not loving and he will be the judge for all our souls. I pray for all scapegoats to have the Love and Comfort and Peacevto stand strong and become the light to those in darkness!!! Bless you for writing this!! I burst into tears upon reading it, and now i understand. Your article saved me. I send you my best regareds. My husband is the narcissist and the I can only guess his mother was because I believe I am. He never says much about his mother who passed away several years ago.
He speaks highly of his dad, dad went to ballgames, mother did not. Dad was very outgoing and talked to everyone, mom smoked and soon became diabetic. I can see how all this is coming to pass with us. His 11 year old daughter is the enabler because he makes her because I refuse. My 4 year old is the golden child right now because she say what he needs to hear and she can get away with it even during his raging which is always directed at me.
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Will it be better or worse for her? He has gone after her a couple of times for taking up for me and i make him focus back on me. I have been in turmoil about this for months. Please advise. Thank you for describing and validating my life experience. Edie, I am adopted also.