Family is the oldest institution
Family is the cornerstone of this society. Family is the
basis, the backbone, the foundation, the infrastructure, and
root of civilization the bedrock from which all other
communities and nations stem from.
Families create generations.
Since God’s purpose spans the generations, our mission
should be to help our children to develop a relationship
with God by talking about God and explaining, as soon as
they are able to comprehend, God's instructions on how to
live. Wherever and whenever there is a window of
opportunity... we need to seize the moment.
we have a sacred duty to rear our children in love and
righteousness. We must equip our children, spiritually, so
Our goal as parents should be to endeavor to pass down
our faith to the next generation in such a way that they
will be able to pass down their faith to future generations.
Our role and privilege is to model, with pure truthfulness,
what we have in our relationship with God. Our children
yearn to see the reality of who God is in the natural flow
of our lives.
Our children need to see that faith matters, that it is
relevant to our daily situations, and that it is honest.
when it is convenient to do so.
We cannot afford to relegate spiritual discussions to a
Sunday morning service, only... especially when God's
grace and mercy are both available...
Our goal should be to help our children/family to desire to
We can raise up godly generations, not only through our
children, but also through our children's children.
It begins in our homes...
with us as the teachers.
One of the most important purposes of the family is to
impart a godly heritage. Family should teach our children
well... filling our communities, cities, states, countries,
the entire universe with God-fearing, decent, fair, honest,
upright, morally mature, emotionally sound and respectful,
Spirit-filled, righteous, productive citizens who will not
have to recover from their childhood, but will in turn...
teach and raise a godly heritage when they become
God’s desire is that families concentrate on building
character and a godly spirit into their children. God's
desire is that we would extend a godly heritage throughout
our family and future generations.
God has designed the family as the first source of spiritual
training and preparation for life.
The family should provide the physical, emotional, social,
economic, and spiritual needs of its members so that they
can become productive and useful for God and His work
in the earth.
Every family has a specific God-given calling and purpose
The family must impart and perpetuate
their experiential knowledge of God.
The family must impart the qualities that enable members
to rise to their fullest potential.
The concepts of love, acceptance of others, morality,
peace, justice, mercy, and self-denial for the good of
others, are learned best within the structure of a God-
The bedrock of all societies, a haven
in a heartless world, the birthplace of
passion, the most reliable unit in
society should be the family.
is in serious crisis!
Although most regard family as their most gratifying
aspect of life, they also regard it as their most bewildering.
Strained, frazzled, tensed, stressed, and losing touch with
each other...the family is changing, and sad to say, not for
Dysfunctional and abusive homes with little or no
relational connection where there is a lack of
communication, little or no quality time together,
no respect for one another, no boundaries, emotional
and physical scars, a lack of nurturing or encouragement,
left to themselves...
can produce dysfunctional children who in turn pollute
Our children will never live right...
if we do not lead right.
As a family, we should have core values that we live by.
We should lovingly teach our children to imbibe these
Virtue, integrity, initiative, respect, and love are examples
of what we should pour into our children and in any
Emotions like love for God, unspeakable joy, peace,
care, kindness, and other positive,
are what we should be passing on to our children.
It was God’s intention for these positive attributes to be
nurtured and maintained through the relationships and
interconnectedness of the human family.
God designed into human beings a need and desire for
positive, loving relationships.
Some family members are spiritually
starving to death.
Without family, that successful entrepreneur may become
That genius may become a dope dealer.
That great scientist, aircraft mechanic, architect, teacher,
preacher, CEO, chef, conductor, officer, consultant,
financial advisor, manager, lawyer, editor, paramedic,
developer, college grad, intern, producer, nurse, writer,
actor, accountant, mom, dad, or florist, could become that
homeless person searching for crumbs to eat.
One can suffer untold damage
without family interconnections.
Unfortunately, for some, the very people they look to for
love and affection are the ones who have wounded them
most. Sometimes the ones who are quick to wound us are
members of our own family.
Some family members can be super-critical, quick to find
problems, and/or faults, they tell cutting jokes that are put
downs (at another family member's expense) leaving deep
and painful wounds which can last a lifetime.
Many family members have watched their parents,
children, siblings, and spouses go to the graves
"We never really talked,"
or "I never really knew him/her."
Far too many families know what the other does, but they
do not know each other. Too many are searching for
significance through mundane activities; yet, in the midst
of it all...
they have lost the significance of
what they were designed to be...
a member of the highest institution
in the entire universe...
When the families' foundation
crumbles, eventually nations will.
Today, in our easy going, accommodating society, we're
faced with tremendous family issues. Many families are
confused and scattered. Many children don't experience
healthy parent, child relationships. Unfortunately, many
parents don't feel the need to be committed parents.
There is an overflow of teen rebellion, child abuse,
spousal violence, alcoholism, and other devastating
problems which are robbing families of their happiness.
What should be that safe haven of security for every man,
woman, and child has become more of a living hell.
Good families produce productive citizens.
Families nurture, love, work together, and share one another's burdens. Families are supportive and encouraging. Families listen, counsel, and console their members.
Our families need to feel safe, no matter how trouble-filled the outside world may be. They need to know that if they get sick, family has their back and will care for them. They need to know if they have problems with peer pressure, school, or work they can go to family and get sage, godly advice and support.
Our children live and learn best through their everyday observations and experiences of and with the people they love and trust.
A strong family is one that sustains its members.
A strong family supports and nourishes the members throughout the span of that family. A strong family unit creates and cultivates a safe, positive, and a supportive place for all members to not only survive, but thrive!
Strong families create environments that allow children to not only hear God's Word, but also to put God's Word into practice. A strong family will utilize their resources and live together in a fairly healthy manner. A strong family sincerely seeks God every day, asking God to reveal His plan for them.
The adults in a strong family understand the importance of setting the tone for a peaceful and loving environment. They understand the importance of being good role models and leading by positively good examples.
Good families inscribe:
good morals, values, spirituality, love, self-respect, acceptance of others, placing a high value on life, mercy, justice, peace, and dignity on the hearts and minds of their members. High self-esteem and respect comes from positively good family environments and experiences. In order for our society to eliminate crime, violence, and other societal ills...each household must cultivate environments for our children's faith, in God, to grow. These special qualities and concepts are learned best within the structure of a strong family. We must come to realize that a strong identity in Christ will guide all of our choices in ways that we as parents, in our own strength, simply cannot.
May we help our children fall in love with Jesus and teach our children how to cultivate a love relationship with God as we cultivate our own. May we live our lives authentically in front of our family members so that they become eyewitnesses to our own transformation. Most importantly, we must pray that God's Spirit will transform our children into His likeness.