The nucleus of family is one of the most important institutions in the world. Jesus was a big believer in the vows of marriage and the need to procreate and raise children. Not only does having a mate allow for a better quality of life for emotional needs, but it improves the chances of the children being more successful. In ancient times, having a set of parents was important for the children to even survive. Today, the family is a gift that seems to go unnoticed all too often. Parents owe it to themselves, their children and God to do their best.
John F. Kennedy said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” In order to ensure that children can continue to grow and thrive, a family unit can be an invaluable help. Family most certainly encompasses more than parents, however. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and even a family of friends can create an oasis of learning and safety in which children and a family can thrive. Before you can fix the world, you must first fix the family, and before you fix the family, you must first fix yourself. The greatest acts start with a single thought.
Psalm 128:3 says, “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.” Timothy 3:5 says, “For if someone does not manage their own household, how will he care for God’s church?” A great religion such as Christianity is made up of many different types of people and many different types of families. However, the ultimate goal should remain the same – keeping God intact within the family unit and keeping the children thriving. God expects all mankind, children included, to worship Him and have appreciation for the blessings in life.
Acts 16:31-34 says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” It is just as important today as it was in the beginning that families pray together and stay together. God has given each person a conscience, and they are expected to pay attention to for every aspect of their lives. However, parents must also watch over the conscience of the children and guide them towards God, and not let them stray, grow idle, or fail in their worship. Isaiah 54:13 says, “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of the children.”
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