WHAT IS FAMILY?
A group of kindred or closely related individuals.
My heart is burdened today for families.
The American family is falling apart. Consider the following statistics. In 1950, about one out of every 20 children born in this country was born to an unmarried woman -- and there were very few abortions. By 1990, more than one out of every 4 children was born to an unmarried woman -- and hundreds of thousands more were aborted. Approximately half of all marriages that take place this year in the U.S. will end in divorce.
What is wrong with families today? The Biblical answer is clear: We have believed society's lies and ignored Biblical truth.
What are some of these lies? Here are three:
Society's lie #1: Men and woman are essentially the same. The Bible tells us that, while equal before God, we are different in important ways
Society's lie #2: We need to stand up for our own rights and demand that our own needs are met -- even if that means breaking a solemn marriage vow, deserting our children, or rebelling against our parents. It has been stated that; "Fewer than half of all adult Americans today regard the idea of sacrifice for others as a positive moral virtue." What does the Bible tell us? "He who seeks to gain his own life will lose it" and "it is more blessed to give than to receive."
Society's lie #3: Children are a burden, or, at best, an ornament, or, perhaps, an experience. It's useful to have one in order to go through the experience, but take care that you don't spoil your life prospects by having too many. The Bible says: "Children are an inheritance from the Lord; the fruit of the womb a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." (Psalm 127) Children are God's; we "inherit" them from him, to bring up and hold in trust. They are gifts, rewards; our lives are filled by being poured out for them.
(1) What were men and women created to do? How do we differ?
(2) What is the relationship between husband and wife in a marriage founded on Biblical principles?
(3) What is the relationship between parents and children in a family founded on Biblical principles?
In all honesty...if we would LIVE this scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5
New International Version (NIV)
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.(then we could love FAMILY)
Get out your Bible and search the scriptures...God's Word is True and His Principles for FAMILY are found in the Living Word Of God!