Family truly is foundational. But unfortunately, sometimes, a crack or some other foundational damage can appear.
In these inspirational scriptures, you will find verses to uplift the Christian values family is meant to exude and address some of the challenges that arise when it doesn’t feel so “good and pleasant” for family “to dwell together.”
1. The foundation of the family is the husband and wife.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
2. Family first means put your best foot forward at home.
“He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.” (Proverbs 11:29)
3. Christ’s example of how to love and cherish a woman demonstrated leadership and self-sacrifice.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” (Ephesians 5:25)
4. Obedience brings a blessing, but disobedience brings a curse.
“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:” (Proverbs 6:20)
5. God trusts faithful parents. Faithful parents intentionally teach their children the way of God.
“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” (Genesis 18:19)
6. Society sees a person’s decisions as the parent’s best efforts or failed attempts at child rearing.
“A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.” (Proverbs 15:20)
7. A husband cannot dishonor his wife and be honorable before God. His prayers will not be honored.
“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.” (1 Peter 3:7)
8. Respect your parents. Disrespect will surely bring a curse.
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)
9. A good leader will lead his family to Christ.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
10. Children are a blessing from God. Do not despise the gift. God has placed them in your arms and said, “take care of them for me.”
“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” (Psalms 127:4 – 5)
11. Christian living is family giving. Take care of your family first.
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Timothy 5:8)
12. Prayer. Faith. Consistency. God is able.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
13. If You can’t tolerate your family members’ weaknesses, ask God to help you see them through heaven’s eyes. Pray for them and forgive them when they hurt you.
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” (Colossians 3:13)
14. Contrary to popular opinion and current practice, a husband will never be convicted by a cantankerous woman. A meek and quiet spirit with the holy spirit will do more for his soul than a regular tongue lashing in her own power.
“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives.” (1 Peter 3:1)
15. Put away animosity in your family- it can keep you out of God’s favor.
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (1 John 4:20)