Family

 

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Family: Parents and their children; A group of persons
connected by blood or marriage.

 

 Devotion for Family

Have you ever heard it said, “Blood is thicker than water?” If you have, then you know they are talking about family. Families have a stronger bond than any other relationships. Just try to get between a father and his son, a mother and her daughter, sisters and brothers, or a husband and wife. No matter how dysfunctional their relationships may be, just try attacking one of them and watch their protective instincts arise. Family feuds have lasted for years because someone, in another family, did something wrong to a member of their family. Families can be the best and the worst relationships that exist, but when it’s all said and done, there is nothing that compares to the feeling of belonging somewhere in this big, old world.

Home is where your family is. Home is your retreat when life gets a little too rough. Home is where you can go to wrap yourself in the love and comfort of your family. However, not all homes are a place of refuge, a place where you receive love and comfort. Some husbands dominate and beat their wives. Some parents mistreat and even abuse their precious children, and treat them as if they are possessions, instead of gifts from God. We see a picture of how the family is supposed to function in Colossians 3:18-21; “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” I know that I don’t mind submitting to and listening to my husband’s desires, if he is treating me with respect and love, the way God intends. Our children did not mind obeying and listening to us, if we treated them with respect and love. A family treating each other, as they should, is a joy to be a part of and is a real threat to the devil. No wonder he does everything he can to separate them.

A while ago, I sat down and listed the most dominant characteristics of each person in my family, which included myself, my husband, our daughters, our son-in-laws and our grandchildren. These are each person’s traits, that I combined into one list, which creates our collective family traits: loves to give money to others, has integrity, is fearless, is loyal, is tender-hearted, is considerate, has super-natural joy, is completely honest, has a gentle spirit, has great strength of character, is eager to help, has strong convictions, has a playful spirit, is honorable, desires justice, is virtuous, cares about others, has great wisdom and is forgiving. If one person had all these qualities, they could accomplish anything. No wonder the devil wants to divide the family. Together, the family unit is like a well-oiled machine that can accomplish any task set before it. Where one member is weak, another is strong. The family should stand shoulder to shoulder, like an army and march forward to accomplish the goals set before them. Divide and conquer, that is the devil’s task. I fully believe Mark 3:25; “If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Why don’t you try listing each of your family member’s most dominant characteristics, and see what the strong points of your family are? I think you will be amazed at just how strong your entire family is.

The family was instituted by God, is watched over by God and is treasured by God. May God bless our families with peace, understanding, forgiveness and love. May God give us the wisdom to recognize attacks upon our family, as attacks to divide and conquer. May God grant our families the strength and perseverance to accomplish the goals he has set before us, as we each travel the paths of life together.

I agree with the catch phrase; “The family that prays together, stays together.” I realize that the dictionary definition of family, is rather condensed. Families are made up of all kinds of people, not just by blood or marriage. Whatever type of family you have, pray for each member, encourage each other and above all love each of them, unconditionally, just the way our Father in heaven loves each of us! May God bless each of us individually and collectively as families, with love, patience and wisdom. Remember, your family is your greatest earthly blessing, treasure it!

Relating Scriptures:

Genesis 1:26-28
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number;”

Genesis 2:18
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 2:21-24
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Psalm 127:3-5
Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.

Deuteronomy 6:1-2
These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord you God as long as you live by keeping his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.

Proverbs 22:6
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not from it.

Proverbs 29:17
Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.

Ephesians 6:1-4
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”….which is the first commandment with a promise….“that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Colossians 3:18-21
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

Hebrews 12:9
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!

Proverbs 23:22-25
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him. May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!

I Timothy 5:4, 8
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this pleasing to God. If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

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