Family is a group of one or more parents and
their children living together as a unit. A
household consists of one or several persons
who live in the same dwelling and share meals.
It may also consist of a single family or another
group of people.
Family, as a socially recognized group (usually
joined by blood, marriage, cohabitation, or adoption)
that forms an emotional connection and serves as an
economic unit of society. Sociologists identify
different types of families based on how one enters
into them. A family of orientation refers to the family
into which a person is born. A family of procreation
describes one that is formed through marriage.
These distinctions have cultural significance related
to issues of lineage.
Drawing on two sociological paradigms, the
sociological understanding of what constitutes a
family can be explained by symbolic interactionism
as well as functionalism. These two theories indicate
that families are groups in which participants
view themselves as family members and act
In other words, families are groups in which people
come together to form a strong primary group
connection and maintain emotional ties to one
another over a long period of time.
Our families raise, maintain, and pass on to each
succeeding generation the values we share and
treasure, values that are the foundation of our
God-given and constitutional rights.
Family, is believed to be the oldest
and most needed institution in
Families perform vital roles for society, both internally
(for the family) and externally (for society).
Families provide for one another’s physical,
emotional, and social well-being.
At its best, the family carries out a wide range
of invaluable undertakings for its members. Perhaps
most importantly, family supports each member's
emotional and psychological safe keeping, especially
through the kindness, mutual affection, compassion,
goodwill, camaraderie, solidarity, and love.
A family has an unbreakable bond, that can be
challenged, but never severed. No matter how
difficult the times are, our true family will be
there, in mind, body and/or spirit.
Family values represent the core values and
guidelines that parents and family members hold
in high regard for the well-being of the family.
To be a part of a family is a beautiful phenomenon.
It's where we and our voices matter.
Family has the ability to bring joy to our hearts
as soon as we see them. Being in the midst of
our true family gives us a sense of tenderness,
respect, warmth, appreciation, love and
belonging, which we all desire.
The word "family" implies unselfish, genuine
affection, consideration, and care for others. A
family doesn’t necessarily mean our parents,
Whether a biological family or an extended family
of people, though unrelated by birth or marriage,
we are individuals drawn to each other based on
who we are as God's offspring. A sister or brother
in Christ... is who we are as God’s offspring.
Family is the cornerstone of our society. Family
is the basis, the backbone, the foundation, the
infrastructure, and root of our civilization... the
bedrock from which all other communities
and nations stem from.
The benefits of living in a family are more
important than ever. Healthy families produce
people who make positive contributions to
the community. This includes minors, the
elderly and disabled, or simply those who can't
afford to live by themselves.
Basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and
clean air are accessible when one or more members
can combine resources to pay bills and manage their
money to ensure that financial necessities are
always taken care of. They are able to have each
When family members are under pressure,
someone close to them is most likely to see the
expressions, signs, and clues that they are in an
"Eleventh hour" mode.
People may hide their problems with outsiders,
but their family almost always recognizes that there is
an issue, they usually understand, and are ready to
assist, no strings attached.
Our children live and learn best through their
everyday observations and experiences of and
with the people they love and trust.
In a world or situation where everything is
perfect, family would be those related
individuals and that safe and secure place of love,
where there is a true sense of belonging, a refuge,
a retreat, shelter, built in support system, and place
There are many families who
intentionally focus on
producing productive citizens.
These families nurture, love, work together, and
spend quality time and energy supporting each
other through difficult times and sharing one
another's burdens. These families are supportive
and encouraging. They listen, counsel, and
console their members.
Getting someone as pure as a little child to trust
you is easy. What makes it hard is to maintain that
trust as they grow up. That means their secrets
should remain secrets, no matter how silly they
may seem. That means you should be able to make
time to hear them out.
This also means being able to trust your child to
tell the truth, no matter how iffy things may
seem. Parents have the primary responsibility
and God-given authority to teach and prepare their
Every relationship blossoms on the basis of trust.
If your child begins to trust you fully and
completely at an early stage, the odds are,
they’ll still be that connected to you in their
One of the most important ways parents contribute
to society is by educating their children. Teaching
them good manners, and taking advantage of
learning opportunities in basic life skills in their
daily lives. The learning doesn't go just one way,
In a healthy family, learning has a high priority.
Many families contribute to society by working
to ensure that their family gets the best possible,
well-rounded educational opportunities.
Children enjoy a healthy lifestyle when they live
in a healthy family. Some researchers have provided
evidence to support their claims that people, who
live with children in their family, tend to live longer.
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.
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.
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
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 to fulfill.
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.
Too little love tears at
Based on our research, of recently released
data, over 26 percent of Americans are estranged
from a member of their own family. Research
discloses that roughly 42 percent of Americans
have experienced estrangement, at some point.
It appears that the most common form of
estrangement is between adult children and
one or both parents.
Although most regard family as their most gratifying
aspect of life, they also regard it as their most difficult
to understand. People seem to be more strained,
frazzled, tensed, stressed, and losing touch with each
other. The family is changing, and sad to say, not for
the better. Sadly, many families are operating, being
consumed, and divided by ongoing differences of
opinion, unnecessary squabbles, and conflicts of
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
left to themselves...
can produce dysfunctional children who in turn
pollute our society.
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 core values.
Virtue, integrity, initiative, respect, and love
are examples of what we should pour into
our children and in any society.
Emotions like love for God, unspeakable joy,
peace, care, kindness, and other positive,
are what we should be passing on to our
It was God’s intention for these positive attributes
to be nurtured and maintained through the
relationships and interconnectedness of the
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 inmate.
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, student 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.
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
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 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
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.