The Christian Family
Families are an amazing gift from God! As disciples of Jesus Christ, our families can be a light to the lost world. On the other hand, if we are not giving our spouses and children the spiritual attention necessary, we are not only hurting our family’s relationship with God, but the chances of making an impact on those we’re reaching out to.
Being a spiritual family is of utmost importance. Love is what will bind the family together, focusing on kindness, humility, gratefulness, gentleness, forgiveness, patience, etc. Let God’s word dwell richly throughout your family. Pray together often, have family devotionals, and read scriptures and sing spiritual songs together. Work through conflict until it is resolved. Keep in mind that God will be glorified by you having a Christ-centered family.
Ephesians 5:21-24; 1Corinthians 11:3
Christ is the head of all of us. In a Christian household, the husband should lead his family spiritually as he follows Christ. In a single-parent household, the parent who is there should take the lead spiritually as he/she follows Christ.
Proverbs 20:18; 15:22
Seek input, not only through the scriptures, but also from other Christians whose families you admire.
Lead your family to be fruitful in helping others to know Christ.
Luke 15:20; Ephesians 4:32
Show affection to one another. This will help your children and spouse to feel loved and secure.
Ephesian 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Be a spiritual example to your family. Only when the commands of God are upon the parent’s hearts, and you set the example, will you be able to impress them upon your children.
Proverbs 23:13-14; 22:15; 29:15; 17; 19; 21; Hebrews 12:11
Discipline is essential for growth. It is a training. Husbands and wives need to be united in how they will discipline and teach the children.
Encouragement is necessary.
Important areas of training: a) respect toward authority; b) speech and openness; c) moodiness; d) affection; e) manners; f) tidiness
Regular, consistent family devotionals
Timeliness to church activities.
Pray with children before bedtime and any other time you’d like!