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Family that pleases God

(Col. 3:18-4:1; Eph. 5:1-33)
               
Marriages are ending up in divorce at record numbers. So many children learn about values from TV, movies and songs instead of from their own parents. Running like a thread through all of the Apostle Paul’s admonitions is the call for everyone to treat each other in a way that honours the Lord.  The Christian family is to be an illustration of God’s love to people.
 
Concerning our conduct towards others the Apostle Paul said:
 
·               ‘as in fitting in the Lord’ (Col. 3:18);
 
·               according to ‘your duty in the Lord’ (Col. 3:20); 
 
·               as ‘done for the Lord’ (Col. 3:23); 
 
·               and remembering that we have a ‘Master in Heaven (Col. 4:1).
 
An extra measure of grace is asked from each member of the family. Each member is asked to treat others in the Name of the Lord Jesus who laid down His life for us. The submission has to be mutual. When it is not the case, we are simply left with power plays, sometimes done openly as abuse and sometimes done indirectly by refusing to take responsibility for our own behaviour. 
 
In a Christian family, people do not view relationships in terms of power and rights, but in terms of self-giving love. It is important that we understand that one member of the family cannot carry this burden by himself or herself alone. It does not work if one spouse gives while the other does not.  
 
What is needed for a family to please God? We need to: 
 
1. Build on God’s foundation.

2.  Submit to each other.

3. Be loyal to the family.

4. Respect each other in the family.
 
5. Be a Godly parent.

6. Teach children about the Lord and His ways.

7. Forgive one another as Christ forgave each of us.
 
8. Treat family members in a way that honours the Lord!
 
 
Dr. Czeslaw Bassara (czeslaw7@eta; www.proword.eu)

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