Family founded in Christ


       A Christian home is significantly different from one in which Christ is not honored. Christ is the Lord of the home, the husband and father the human spiritual leader under Christ, and the wife and children in subjection and obedience to God and the husband/father. In our generation, subjection and obedience do not mean inferior status and servitude. The father’s Christian duty is to take on the obligation of spiritual leadership in the home. It is not a matter of who is the boss; it is a matter of sharing various responsibilities.


       Paul wrote: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; . . . And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” Ephesians  6:1-2, 4.


       One verse from the Bible: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6Proverbs 22:6
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

6 Instruye al niño en su camino, y ni aun de viejo se apartará de él.f

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. This truth, written about three thousand years ago, has remained the cornerstone of the building of every human character throughout the centuries.


       It is the parents’ responsibility to teach their children these basic principles and to lead them to understand clearly the things of God. Children will then be able to make their own decisions about yielding to the authority of Christ as king in their lives. Be careful, however, that God the Father is presented not only as an authority figure but also as God of love, understanding, forgiveness, and providence. If this is done, there will be far less likelihood of children of strict religious parents rebelling in adolescent years. The longer a child lives in a Godly home, the greater are his or her chances of embracing a personal faith similar to that of the parents. The longer a child is deprived of basic Christian instruction, the less likely he or she is to understand or be influenced by it in adult years.


       In the ideal Christian home all members love and serve Christ as their own Lord. Where Christian love and worship of the Lord are the dominant features in the home, the marriage between parents is joyful, peaceful, and mutually satisfying, and the children are nurtured in security and love. Family prayers with Bible reading are the central acts of worship. The whole Scripture should be studied systematically and repeatedly over the years so that the Word of God soaks permanently into the minds and hearts of all family members. Parents should teach their children how to know Christ personally. They should pray for their children and with their children, mentioning each one by name.


       When conflict arises, the husband, as spiritual leader, should lead his wife and children in prayer about the problem, both privately and as a family. Verbalized prayer is itself good communication. As you speak to God, you are being heard by your wife and children. You must, however, in honesty and truth really be speaking to God in your heart, not using communion with God as a means of continuing an argument with them. Family prayers transacted in humility, with all desiring God’s will, can break down many barriers. Selfishness, pride, and greed can be conquered when Christian families sincerely seek God’s will. Talking to God together brings closeness by developing the spiritual dimension of the relationships. Also, prayer often enables members of a family to see when they have been wrong. This can be a very humbling yet deep experience which can lead to greater respect and love for one another.


       Forgive and forget: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath” Ephesians 4:26Ephesians 4:26
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

26 Airaos, pero no pequéis;u no se ponga el sol sobre vuestro enojo,v

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. It requires moral strength to admit being wrong and to ask forgiveness. It requires even more strength to apologize, forgive, and verbalize continuing love when you are perhaps not wrong.  Forgiving also means forgetting. If God can forget, so can we. “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” Jeremiah 31:34Jeremiah 31:34
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

34 Y no enseñará más ninguno a su prójimo, ni ninguno a su hermano, diciendo: “Conoce a Jehová”,d porque todos me conocerán, desde el más pequeño de ellos hasta el más grande, dice Jehová.e Porque perdonaré la maldad de ellos y no me acordaré más de su pecado.f

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       Homes in which the love of Christ fills every heart will be homes in which the Holy Spirit controls, inspires, and guides every member and gives power to resist temptation and to live Godly lives. It is the practical reality of a genuine spirituality in many homes today, where submission to Christ has resulted in his loving care for every member, protection from outside danger, and security, fulfillment, peace, and happiness within the walls.


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