Today Satan has made havoc of the family as God has intended it. Society has rejected the order of the biblical home and as a result the traditional family of days gone by is nearly extinct. Here at Three and Twenty we strive to help families live in this world as pilgrims and strangers and to guide their families with the truth of God's word.
Fathers had rather spend their free time with their friends instead of providing biblical order to their homes... mothers refuse to stay home and raise their children to love and fear a holy God. Today husbands and wives had rather both leave the home and work; and this is not done just to survive, but rather to have excess cumber their lives. We work our fingers to the bones for new homes, cars, satellites, smart phones, entertainment and apparel all in the name of "providing for our families" and most of what we have we do not need.
The bible is plain on the order that our homes are to be in...
Husbands/Father: Men we are to be in sober attention to the fact that God expects us to not only be the bread-winner for our families but to also be the spiritual leaders of our homes, we are to love our wives and children just as Christ loved the church. Though it is vital that we need to involve our families in Christ centered worship and fellowship, it is even more so important that they see us following and trusting Christ on a daily basis. If we do not teach our boys to be God fearing men then their future will be that of rebellion towards God and all that is righteous. It is the job of the father to show our wives that we have embraced our God-given roles as leaders of our homes and to show our children our love and dedication to their mothers. Our boys will be taught by us to love and take care of their families when they one day become men.
Ephesians 5:25 "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;"
Colossians 3:21"Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged."
Ephesians 6:4"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Colossians 3:19"Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them."
I Peter 3:7"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered."
Wives/Mothers: The bible is clear on the wife and mother's role for the home... and though it is not a popular role to accept to our society, it is none the less a vital role to the well being of our families. God did not intend for a woman to be a servant of her husband but rather an help meet to him; that they together can walk before God as one. Dear sisters... it is not your responsibility to hand your children over to someone else to raise and educate, God has given you that responsibility. God desires for all women to embrace their place in the family and to be content loving and raising their children to love and fear God.
Titus 2:3-5"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."
Colossians 3:18 "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord."
1 Peter 3:5"For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands."
Children: There is very little for me to write directly to children than to strictly warn you that God's will for your life as a child is to obey your parents as they direct your heart towards God and his will. If you refuse to submit to the authority of your parents then you will never fully submit to God's authority in you heart, life is hard for those he disrespect authority. So my word to you is love God and trust your parents if it so be that they are pointing you towards Christ.
Colossians 3:20"Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."
Ephesians 6:1-2"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;"
Please dear reader... Consider God's will for your home. There is no greater responsibility to no one than to those that God gives us in the form of family.
Psalm78:1-8 "Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God."