Read Ephesians 6:1-4
“That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (v. 3).
How to Enjoy a Family Fight is the title of a book I have in my library. The author, Will Cunningham, creatively addresses various issues that every family faces. Volumes have been written by authors from nearly every field of study, giving advice about how to build a successful home. Many of these may be good resources for helping establish a home, but we must never forget the primary source of guidelines for the home is God’s Word.
God created men and women with distinct differences and complementary responsibilities in marriage and the family. The New Testament reestablishes God’s purpose for men and women in marriage and the family. Husbands are the head of the family and are commanded to love their wives; wives are to submit to their husbands. Children are to obey their parents, and parents are to discipline and instruct the children in love.
If we respect and follow these principles that God has established, we can expect our homes to be successful and enjoy long life. (Harold Carpenter)
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
— John H. Sammis
God promises long life to those who respect His guidelines for the home.
This week's featured devotional is from the Saturday, January 17, 2015 entry of Opening the Word.
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