Building Godly Families: Aspects To Strive For
Let's consider some solid characteristics
of the godly family model:
- The father is the leader of the family. His responsibility includes caring for his wife
as Christ cares for the Church (Ephesians 5:23).
- The mother is his suitable help (Genesis 2:18), and together they set the best example for
their children while teaching them the way of God (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
- Father and mother should work in harmony to train their children in God's way.
- Children follow their parents' good example, since actions speak louder than words. Kids learn more from what their
parents do than what they say.
- Parents should avoid belittling their children, publically and privately, lest you discourage them (Colossians 3:21).
- Parents should encourage their children to strive for excellence in character, in their studies
and in their future profession.
- Parents should sacrifice for each other and for their children.
- As with all members of the Church, husbands and wives should submit to one another in humility, patience and
love (Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 5:5).
- Parents should always make time for their children since the greatest gift parents can give to their
children is themselves and their time. Life passes by quickly; there's no time to waste (Ephesians 5:15-16).
- Parents are stewards for future sons of God, as God said of Abraham (Genesis 18:19).
- Parents should not curse or swear. Children will take to swearing because they are
impressed with and by their parents and will view cursing as acceptable.
- Parents should turn their children to God who has given human beings life on His earth and sustained
us with His bounties.
- Parents should always tell their children that they love them and that they will stand by them and be
there for them for the rest of their lives. This is very important.
- Parents should read the Bible to their children and pray with them daily.