At The Foot Of Christ: Notes From Family Month
God created the earth and everything in it. And this is where it all began “Yahweh God said, ‘it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helper suitable for him’” (Genesis 2:18)
God instituted marriage from the very beginning of creation between our fore parents, Adam and Eve. The basic family begins between a husband and wife and trickles up to multiplication by giving birth to children. God’s design is that this structure begins through love and gets molded by love. Love is God’s ultimate command for the human race.
But it is obvious that over the centuries, humans, including believers have forgotten Christ’s ultimate commandment; “Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul and strength.” Therefore, because we have lost the one value that matters most, almost all families are under siege; husbands and wives fight, children are in constant battle against each other and against their parents.
We may not take this seriously, but families form a nation(s). Families also reveals God’s authority. And each member of a family is exceedingly precious. However, if a families crumble, the whole nation crumbles and God’s authority is blurred. This is not God’s desire! God wishes to have a united family as evident in the Bible;
When God saved Noah from the floods, his wife, sons and sons wives were saved too, (Genesis 6:18), when God called Abraham out of Haran, he called him and his family, (Genesis 12:4-5) and the sign of the Abraham covenant was also a family practice, it was to be applied throughout households, (Genesis 17:12-13)
Since family is one of God’s wonderful plans for us, God has given each member in a family various responsibilities to uphold so as to bar attacks against families.
Firstly, God has charged a man with the responsibility of being a loving husband and a father: A husband should love his wife as God has loved the church, and to love her as he loves himself. This is utterly unconditional, it means that whether your wife loves you back or not, you should ignore that and love her anyway, because it is not a dependent responsibility.
“Ephesians 5:25-28 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
To a father, God desires that you don’t enflame your children. You are also instructed to bring them up in a godly way. Consider the following scriptures.
Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Colossians 3:21“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”
By definition a father is a man who has begotten a child. This verse tells us that fathers are to bring up their children in the teachings of the Lord and to not “provoke them to wrath,” or, badger and shame them until they hate their father.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Secondly, a woman plays the role of a wife and mother. As wife you are to honor your husband through submission. This type of submission oozes respect to authority. Through a woman’s respect to her husband, her children in return understand the need to respect authority.
Ephesians 5:22, 23 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.”
As a mother, you should be loving to your children by nurturing them to become responsible adults in terms of house duties and holders of the Word of God. CITAM-Karen’s https://www.facebook.com/Just-Between-Us-848210368646180/ offers young women a chance to be nurtured by older women who play the role of a mother through fellowship and advice
Finally children responsibility is highlighted in Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
Children are charged to obey, both their mother and father because according to God, it is the right thing to do. God does an amazing thing calling such honor a command and spicing it up with a promise (we all love promises don’t we?). If we do as God commands, He commits to allowing us live a longer life on earth full of wealth and health.
Families, conclusively, form part of God’s creative success. And His intention is to see all families’ succeed. And because He, God, is the architect of homes, all families must drink from the cup of His blood and drink of His body. That way storms may come to blow a home away, but because your family hold’s fast on the word of God, you will not be shaken. That is the gain of a family at the Feet of Christ.
What is your note from Family Month?
Bible verses from different versions.