The term "family" signifies selfless, sincere
regard, consideration, and concern for others.
A family does not always consist of our parents,
siblings, or biological relatives.
Family isn't just about who we give birth to; it's
also about who God brings into our lives. This
is a brother and sisterhood that is not bound by
blood, ethnicity, age, or nationality.
God's family is made up of those
who live or exist in a direct
relationship with God.
The traditional family consists of one or more
parents and their biological offspring living
in the same house as one unit and sharing meals.
It could either be a single family or a group
Family, as a socially recognized group (typically
connected by blood, marriage, cohabitation, or
adoption) that develops an emotional bond and
serves as a societal economic unit.
Sociologists classifies families into many
types based on how one enters them.
A person's birth family is referred to as their
family of orientation. A family of procreation
refers to one formed through marriage. These
distinctions have cultural relevance in relation
to lineage issues.
The sociological idea of what defines a family
can be articulated using two sociological
paradigms: symbolic interactionism and
functionalism. According to these two views,
families are groupings in which people see
themselves as family members and act
In other words, families are groups of individuals
who get together to develop a strong primary group
connection and to sustain emotional ties with one
another through time.
Our families instill, uphold, and pass on to each
successive generation the values we share and
cherish, values that serve as the foundation for
our God-given and constitutional rights.
Family is considered to be the
oldest and most important
institution in existence.
Generations are created by families.
Families play critical roles in society, both
domestically (inside the family) and externally
(for society). Families provide for another's
physical, emotional, and social needs.
At its best, the family provides a wide range
of vital services to its members. Perhaps most
importantly, family provides emotional and
psychological support for each member,
particularly through kindness, mutual affection,
compassion, goodwill, camaraderie, solidarity,
Family is vital for the development of our
character. Family takes care of us and teaches
us our first lessons in everything, whether
it's responsibility, accountability, mercy, grace,
compassion, charity, understanding, kindness,
tolerance, socializing youngsters, or teaching
them to let go of petty arguments and care for
A family's relationship is unshakable; it can be
tested but never severed. Whatever the
circumstances, our genuine family will be
present in mind, body, and/or spirit.
Family values are the core beliefs and guidelines
that parents and family members hold in high
regard for the family's well-being.
Being a part of a family is a wonderful thing.
It is here where we and our voices are heard.
As soon as we see them, family can bring joy to
our hearts. Being in the presence of our genuine
family provides us with the tenderness, respect,
warmth, appreciation, love, and belonging that
we all seek.
The advantages of raising a family are more
essential than ever. People with healthy families
make positive contributions to the community.
This includes minors, the aged and disabled, as
well as people who cannot afford to live alone.
Basic requirements such as food, water, shelter,
and clean air are available when one or more
members pool their resources to pay bills and
manage their money to ensure that financial needs
are met at all times. They would have each other's
When family members are distressed, someone
close to them is more likely to notice the expressions,
signs, and clues that they are in "Eleventh hour"
People may hide their issues from others, but their
family almost always recognizes that there is a
problem, understands, and is inclined to assist with
no strings attached.
Our children learn and live best through their
daily observations and interactions with the
people they love and trust.
In a perfect world or situation, family would
be those kindred persons 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 of comfort.
Many families are intentionally
focused on raising productive
These families nurture, love, work together, and
spend quality time and energy supporting and
sharing one another's burdens during difficult times.
These families are supportive, encouraging and
loving. They are there to listen, counsel, and
console their members.
It is simple to gain the trust of someone as
innocent as a small child. What makes it
difficult is maintaining that trust as they grow
older. That implies their secrets should remain
secret, no matter how ridiculous they sound.
That implies we should be able to make time to
listen to them and hear them out. This includes
being able to trust our child to tell the truth, no
matter how shaky things appear to be.
Parents have the primary responsibility and
God-given duty to instruct and prepare our
children for a challenging and important future.
It is the responsibility of parents to both
reprimand and reform our children.
Every relationship grows on the foundation
of trust. If your child begins to trust you entirely
and completely at a young age, chances are they
will still be that connected to you when they
make the transition from childhood.
Parents are in charge of their children's
Parents are accountable for moral and
ethical education of their children.
Proverbs 1:7, Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Education is one of the most essential ways
parents contribute to society. Teaching kids good
manners and taking advantage of everyday
learning opportunities in basic life skills. Learning
does not just happen in a fixed sequence.
Learning is a major priority in a healthy family.
Many families contribute to society by working to
ensure that their children receives the best possible,
Children benefit from a healthy lifestyle when
they grow up in a healthy family. Some
researchers have offered evidence to support their
beliefs that adults who live with children tend to
have longer lives.
Because God's purpose spans generations, our
mission should be to help our children
develop a relationship with God by talking
about God and explaining God's instructions
on how to live as soon as they are ready to
We must seize opportunities wherever and
whenever they present themselves.
Our sacred duty is to raise our children in love
and righteousness. We must spiritually equip our
children so that they can navigate, stay on course,
and live the highest and most fulfilling life
Our objective as parents should be to pass down
our faith to the next generation in such a way that
they can pass it down to future generations.
Our responsibility and privilege is to authentically
model what we have in our relationship with God.
Our children long to see the reality of who God is
in the ordinary flow of our lives. Our children must
realize that faith is important, that it is relevant to
our daily lives, and that it is honest.
Children observe our activities, and they need
to see personally that our faith isn't just
something we show when it's convenient.
There is no need to preach... simply allow it to flow.
When our discussions and deeds are born from a
deep and abiding relationship with God that we
have nurtured and preserved... the words will flow
and minister to us as well. Everyone benefits when
we make God a natural part of our conversations
and teach through godly examples.
We cannot afford to limit spiritual discourse to
Sunday morning services only, particularly because
God's love and mercy are both available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week!
Our goal should be to inspire our children and
family to seek out the Source of our joy and fall
in love with God.
We have the ability to produce godly generations
not only through our children, but also through
the descendants of our children.
It all begins in our homes...
with us as teachers.
One of the most essential functions of the
family is to leave a godly legacy. Families
should educate their children well, filling our
communities, cities, states, countries, and 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 instead... teach and
raise a godly heritage when they become parents.
God's purpose is for families to focus on instilling
character and a godly spirit in their children. God's
desire is for us to leave a godly legacy to our
children, grandchildren and future generations.
God designed the family to be the primary source
of spiritual training and preparation for life.
The family should provide its members' physical,
emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs so
that they might be productive and useful to God
and His work on earth.
Every person is given a unique
calling and purpose by God.
The family must educate and pass on their
experiential knowledge of God. The family
must instill qualities that allow people to
reach their greatest 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 framework of a God-
The family should be the backbone
of all communities, a shelter in a
heartless world, the source of
passion, and the most dependable
unit in society.
A lack of love and gratitude
shatters family unity.
According to our research of recently released
data, over 26% of Americans are estranged from
a member of their own family. According to
research, over 42 percent of Americans have
experienced estrangement at some point in
The most common type of estrangement
tends to be between adult children and one
or both parents.
Although most people regard family as the
most rewarding part of their lives, they also
regard it as the most difficult to comprehend.
People appear to be more stretched, frazzled,
tensed, anxious, and disconnected from one
Unfortunately, the family is changing for the
worst. Sadly, many families are struggling,
getting consumed, and being divided by
constant disagreements, pointless squabbles,
and unethical behavior.
Dysfunctional and abusive homes with little
or no relational connection, little or no quality
time together, no respect for one another, no
boundaries, emotional and physical scars, a
lack of nurturing or encouragement, when
left to themselves... can produce dysfunctional
children who pollute our society.
Our children will never live
properly... if we do not lead
We should have core values as a family that
we live by. We must lovingly instill these
essential principles in our children.
Virtue, honesty, initiative, respect, and love
are examples of what we should instill in our
children and societies.
We should pass on to our children emotions
such as love for God, unspeakable joy, peace,
care, kindness, and other positive, God-like
God intended for these excellent characteristics
to be nurtured and maintained through the human
family's relationships and interconnectedness.
God created in us the need and desire for positive,
Some members of the family are
spiritually starving to death.
Without family support, that great entrepreneur
could become an inmate. That genius may
become a drug dealer. That brilliant scientist,
aircraft mechanic, architect, teacher, preacher,
CEO, chef, conductor, officer, consultant,
financial advisor, manager, lawyer, editor,
paramedic, developer, college graduate, intern,
producer, nurse, writer, actor, accountant, mom,
dad, student, or florist could all become homeless
people looking for crumbs to eat.
Without family connections,
one could suffer untold harm.
Unfortunately, for some, the people they turn
to for love and affection are the very people
who have wounded them the most.
Members of our own family
are sometimes the ones who
are quick to hurt us.
Some family members can be overly critical,
quick to point out flaws and/or faults, and they
tell cutting jokes that are put downs (at the
expense of another family member), leaving
deep and painful wounds that 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."
When the foundations of families
crumbles, eventually nations will.
Today, in our laid-back, accommodating society,
we face enormous family challenges. Many
families are befuddled and scattered. Many
children do not have healthy parent-child
interactions. Unfortunately, there are many
parents who do not feel compelled to be
Teenage rebellion, child abuse, spousal violence,
alcoholism, and other devastating issues are
robbing families of their happiness.
What should be a secure shelter for every man, woman,
and child has become or has been a living hell.
No matter how troubled the world at large is, our
families need a sense of belonging, safety, and security.
They need to know that if they are sick, their family will
look after them.
They need to know that if they are having troubles with
peer pressure, school, or employment, they may turn to
family for sensible, godly guidance and support.
A strong family is one that provides for its members.
A strong family nurtures and supports its members
throughout the span of that family. A solid family unit
produces and nurtures a secure, positive, and supportive
environment in which all members can not only survive,
Strong families create environments in which children
can not only hear, but also put God's Word into practice.
A strong family will make good use of their resources
and live together in a relatively healthy manner. A strong
family seeks God earnestly every day,
asking Him to reveal His purpose for them.
Adults in a strong family understand the significance of
setting the tone for a peaceful and caring environment.
They recognize the significance of serving as positive
role models and setting positively good examples.
Excellent families instill in their members' hearts
and minds: good morals, values, spirituality, love,
self-respect, acceptance of others, a high value on life,
mercy, justice, peace, and dignity.
Positive family environments
and experiences fosters
high self-esteem and respect.
To reduce crime, violence, and other societal ills...
each household must develop circumstances in which
our children's faith in God can grow.
These unique qualities and beliefs are best learned
within the framework of a strong family.
We must recognize that a solid identity in Christ
will shape all of our choices in ways that we, as parents,
May we help our children fall in love with Jesus
and teach them how to cultivate a love relationship with
God in the same way that we cultivate our own. May
we live our lives authentically in front of our family
members, so that they can witness our own
Most importantly, we must pray for God to transform our
children into His likeness.