God designed the family as a safe place to be in relationship with each other and with Him, and a safe place to raise children.

God’s relationship with us as His children is a good and healthy reflection of how He views family and how He desires our earthly families to be.

Scripture is full of verses about relationships and family.

Here are just a few.

 

Exodus 20:12
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it.

Genesis 2:24
Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.

Isaiah 66:13
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you. You will be comforted in Jerusalem.

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, don’t provoke your children, so that they won’t be discouraged.

Psalm 128:3
Your wife will be as a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house, your children like olive shoots around your table.

Matthew 19:19
‘Honor your father and your mother.’ And, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Proverbs 17:6
Children’s children are the crown of old men; the glory of children are their parents.

Ephesians 6:1-2
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with a promise.

Mark 10:9
What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.

1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone doesn’t provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

Deuteronomy 5:16
Honor your father and your mother, as Yahweh your God commanded you; that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Acts 10:2
A devout man, and one who feared God with all his house, who gave gifts for the needy generously to the people, and always prayed to God.

Proverbs 15:20
A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Ephesians 6:4
You fathers, don’t provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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

Joshua 24:15
If it seems evil to you to serve Yahweh, choose today whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh.

Psalm 103:17
But Yahweh’s loving kindness is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear him, his righteousness to children’s children.

Proverbs 6:20
My son, keep your father’s commandment, and don’t forsake your mother’s teaching.

Psalm 127:3-5
Behold, children are a heritage of Yahweh. The fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. They won’t be disappointed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Proverbs 1:8
My son, listen to your father’s instruction, and don’t forsake your mother’s teaching:

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, don’t provoke your children, so that they won’t be discouraged.

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless each of you must also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Proverbs 31:15-17
She rises also while it is yet night, gives food to her household, and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard. She arms her waist with strength, and makes her arms strong.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7
These words, which I command you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.

 

I hope as you reflect on these verses that you are encouraged in your own family, to grow and to build good strong relationships, with God’s Word as the foundation, and underpinned with His example of unconditional love.

 

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