In this article we are going to look at five Scriptures that apply directly to families. Let’s take a look.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15, KJV
Joshua made a commitment here: regardless of what anyone else might choose to do, his family would serve the Lord. As the head of his household, he decided the path that his family would take. He chose to lead his family in way that would be pleasing to the Lord, making sure they were taught in accordance with what he knew of the will of God, and that he lived accordingly. In a nutshell, Joshua threw the doors of his home open to God, willing to remove anything that displeased the Lord and filling it with things like praise, worship, Bible reading, devotions, and godly living.
“Honor your father and mother so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12, KJV
This scripture is directed at the children. Whether you like your parents or not, whether you think they are worthy or not, the Bible says that you are to honor them. That honor doesn’t just extend until you leave home, but is something you practice for the rest of your life. Treat them with the highest respect, and you will find that God will bless you.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6, KJV
As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your family about the Lord, about right from wrong, about the world and the powers of darkness, and about how to live right. This means far more than just taking your family to church and Sunday school. It means being an example to your family. It implies living the best way you know how, and repenting when you fail. It means not saying one thing and doing, or living one way on Sunday and another on Saturday. It is a consistent lifestyle. Sometimes it might seem that all your attempts to raise your children correctly fail, but sometimes it does take years for that training to sink in. The word of God promises that if you will raise your children right, they won’t ever forget what you taught them.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4, KJV
This is another reminder for parents: don’t subject your children to unrealistic expectations. An incredible amount of anger and hostility can be built up in the heart of a young person when they can never seem to please their parents, or nothing they do ever seems good enough. The Lord never asks of us what He won’t provide us the grace to do, and we should never expect more of others than what they can do.
“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:6-9, KJV
The family unit of is utmost importance to the Lord, and He desires to see families, and couples, stay together. Whenever you pray for your family, seeking the Lord to bring unity and peace, know that you are indeed praying in the will of God. He is on your side!
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.