Scripture: “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let everyone… so love his wife … as himself; and the wife … reverence her husband. Children, obey your parents …” (Ephesian 5:32-6:3).
Introduction Marriage is the oldest institution on earth. Sure, man has made a good attempt at perverting marriage, but its basic concept as God intended remains even now.
The primary purpose for marriage is friendship in deep intimate agape love. In God’s design it is only dissolvable by death, Matt. 19:8. Flowing from this primary purpose are very important functions like procreation, pleasure, and good parenthood.
Purity, discipline and self-control are inherent in the foundational commitments and obligations of the parties. The vows exchanged create an irreversible covenant.
Active Families Every member of the nuclear and extended Christian family is expected to actively cooperate with God to build the Church, the bride of Christ, and roll back the assault by the agents of hell and destruction.
Husbands and fathers should be active and effective soul winners, Acts 2:38–40. Wives and mothers should not be left out either, Jn. 4:28–29.
Sons and daughters should reach out to their peers and share the salvation message, 2 Kgs 5:2-4. Any inactive member is vulnerable and a danger to others. Works Every member of a Christian family should walk the talk. It just has to be much more than mere words.
Our entire lifestyle must line up with the written Word of God and the doctrine of our Christian faith. Men should be sober-minded, grave, temperate, sound in faith and love, patient and watch out for the best interest of all, Titus 2:2, Eph. 5:25-33.
Women: Be holy, modest, true, sober, loving and caring, submissive and obedient to your husbands, discreet, home builders, Titus 2:4-5; 1 Pet. 3:4-5; Eph. 5:22-24.
Children: Must be well behaved, honest, sincere, sober-minded, obedient, be of good character, be pure in heart, devoid of evil, Titus 2:6-8; Eph. 6:1-3. Conclusion The Christian family should be a model one before God and man.
The overall head is the father and husband. The real manager and the one with the greatest influence and workload, unsurprisingly is the wife and mother. Your family will be a role model in Jesus’ name.