There is much to say about families in Scripture. There are rules, examples, and blessings (and promised difficulties) listed. Here are a very few plus a link to 8 Habits of the Happiest Families.
Teach the Scriptures:
- Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. (Deuteronomy 11:19, GNB92)
- Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. (Psalms 34:11-16, NKJV)
- The living, the living man, he shall praise You, as I do this day; the father shall make known Your truth to the children. (Isaiah 38:19, NKJV)
Worship God together: "And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates. (Deuteronomy 16:14, NKJV)
Rules in the house: "…one ruling his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence; (for if one does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?)." (1 Timothy 3:4-5, EMTV)
Learn to forgive:
- And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as also God in Christ forgave us. (Ephesians 4:32, EMTV)
- Forbearing one another and forgiving yourselves, if anyone should have a complaint against any; just as Christ forgave you, so you also do. (Colossians 3:13, EMTV)
The state of the family is very important. God designed it that way. The 8 points in the article are meaningful.
By Megan Gladwell
Published March 4, 2015