Family is the cornerstone, the backbone, the 

infrastructure, and the core of our civilization...

 the bedrock from which all other communities 

and nations stem from.

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 


of people.


 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 


accordingly.




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.

The family is the foundational institution... 

the cornerstone structure of human society, 

ordained by God

Genesis 2:20-25, 4:1, Exodus 20:5-6, 

Joshua 7:10,15,24-25, 2 Kings 13:23

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.


The more grounded our families are, the 

more grounded our society as a whole is. 


The family is turning the entire world, since

 it plays a crucial role in the survival of the

 entire society.

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, 


and love.

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 


one another.

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.


We are individuals drawn to each other based on

 who we are as God's children, whether we are a 

biological family or an extended family of people. 

As God's progeny, we are sisters and brothers

 in Christ.
Our society's foundation is the family. 

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 


backs.

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" 


mode.


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 


citizens.


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 


whole education.


4:1-2 Galatians



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, 


well-rounded education.

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 


comprehend. 



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 


possible.



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-


fearing family.


If the family is unable to produce people with 

these exceptional talents for any reason, the 

entire society suffers.

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 


their lives.


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


 another. 



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


 properly.


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


 attributes.

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,


 loving relationships.



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 


commenting...


"We never really talked,"



or "I never really knew him/her."


Far too many families are aware of what the

 other does, but they are unfamiliar with one

 another. 


Too many people are looking for meaning

 through mundane activities; nevertheless in 

the midst of it all... they have lost sight of what 

they were created to be... a member of the 

highest institution in the entire universe... 

family.

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 


dedicated parents.


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,

 but thrive!

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,


 simply cannot.

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 


transformation. 


Most importantly, we must pray for God to transform our


children into His likeness.


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