We can consider family to be the oldest institution upon earth. “So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28. Very early in creation God instructed the couple Adam and Eve to produce children and increase the population.
At the very beginning of creation, it is clear to see that God thought about everything concerning the welfare of mankind and how He wanted us to live. Family life is critical for all generations. It takes a strong family setting to produce children who are controlled, orderly, godly, and emotionally stable to the face the changing situations of the world. This begins while children are still young and vulnerable to the world and its changing scenes: some for good and others for bad. How will the child be able to choose what is best for him or her? If parents do not take the time to teach and train their children in the right way, then we can expect all kinds of adverse outcomes. The results from a dysfunctional family even with the presence of both parents may be enormous, and in some cases irreparable.
A godly family setting is essential especially in the early stages of a child’s life. Although death, poverty, or other situations may occur, none of those eventualities should prevent parents from taking the time to teach and train their children in the right way. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. While many people may consider the Bible to be out dated and non-essential to their lives, it is still the most read book in the world. Evidently, there must be some truth in teaching children from this great book written from the inspiration of God. “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” [II Timothy 3:16-17].
Parents complain that training did not come with a manual; but this is no excuse since the Bible holds the key to a stable and healthy family life. God has set the pattern and structure for family since the world began and this has not changed. Man may not agree with God’s standards, but this is all He will encourage and acknowledge. The fact that God has set out His standards for the family since the beginning of creation means that there is nothing more that He will do, but that those who annul His laws will answer to Him.
A godly family life should always be supported in every area of society; the church, the educational arena, and everywhere people meet and interact with each other. Despite this requirement and desire, we must admit that there are contrary spirits operated by the Devil to usurp and contradict the word of God. The result is chaos and immorality which touches every aspect of family life and into the broader community. The church does not escape this godless depraved carnage and therefore, should take heed and continue to abide by the infallible word of God which cannot change [Psalm 119:89].
Family life is critical and will serve for good or evil. If parents do not take heed, the next generation is in dire trouble. It is time to get back to the family altar of prayer, reading of God’s Word in the home and teaching children how to live, how to behave, and how to have respect for themselves and others. The future of the family is indeed critical, and requires re-adjustment from what is being portrayed as family life today. We must return to the stable formation given to us by God and adhere to His principles for a strong family life which results in a strong society and nation, wherever you live.
Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Timely, proven, and applicable words for such a time as this!
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