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David's Dysfunctional Family


CF Ambassador
Jan 11, 2020
David loved God, but he still sinned against him. He was forgiven. In a later part of the story (2 Samuel] David is part of a dysfunctional family. While this may be uncomfortable for us to discuss, it is relevant to this forum. I want to start a discussion about this and dysfunctional families altogether.

What do you get out of the story of Davis's family? To me it is just another example of how easy it is to get caught up in sin when it comes to lust. God created passion for human beings to enjoy. Lust was created by Satan to corrupt us.

Lust, whether it be food or sex, is an out-of-control appetite to the point that it evolves into idolatry. It has to be CONTROLLED, or tamed, with a combination of self-will and the power of the Holy Spirit to take the place of lust.

What are your thoughts about preventing passion from getting out of control and what to do to keep it under control. I have some ideas of my own.

Please feel free to discuss other aspects of a dysfunctional family, like alcoholism, neglect, abuse, etc. and to tell us your story.

I grew up in a dysfunctional home. My father was an alcoholic and my mother was a drug addict. The whole family suffered but we all eventually turned to Christ and were healed.

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Staff member
Aug 16, 2015
Shortly after all the stress David was under by being hunted by Saul and glorious relief to the point David rewarded everyone he could...

"David also got more wives" is this little line in scripture that most miss.

I can tell you from personal experience that after heavy stress when it comes time to live the relaxed life...it's very difficult.
You are so bored. You become depressed. You feel the need for the excitement and stress.

And these feelings of discontent drive a person to do things they know better than to do. Which is in part the reason why David went after Bathsheba.

Then his sons...they grew up with a father with a lousy attitude. God's attention and Blessings in David's life made David lose his humility and stewardship attitude...and once those are gone they are difficult to reacquire.

But in the meantime those attitudes went straight into being adopted by his children.

One even tried to take the throne...Joab had to kill him to prevent his coup from succeeding.

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