Ephesians 5:21-6:4 NIV “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (22) Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. (23) For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (24) Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (26) to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, (27) and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (28) In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (29) After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— (30) for we are members of his body. (31) “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” (32) This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. (33) However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (6:1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (2) “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— (3) “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (4) Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
LOVE – It all comes down to love. I know there are many things I could bring out in these verses but I’m not going to do that today. Let’s just boil family life down to one word. Love.
Love doesn’t mean there will never be a fight between a brother and sister, it does not mean a husband and wife wont have a discussion when they disagree, love simply means in spite of all that we are still a family and we are to love.
I know some come from bad family backgrounds and for that I am truly sorry. I believe that for those who come from a not so “Leave it to Beaver” family that the Church is supposed to be that for you, that is why the parallel between Christ and us and ourselves and family is there.
Let’s look again at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 AMP “Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].”
This is what family life is. I know the last few posts have been a little longer than normal, well today is going to be much shorter than normal because this is all I feel lead to post and I don’t feel I am to wait for more.
Family Life is love if we will focus on love instead of a formula to have a good family life or a list of things to do to have a good family life, I think if we focus on love and what First Corinthians thirteen says love is I believe we will all have better family lives.
If you do need more to help your family become the family you want I am sure your Pastor has resources he can offer you such as messages, a book, or another tool that will fit your families needs.