Family is very important to God and to Christians. Marriage is between one man and one woman. They are to stay married until one of them dies. They are to serve God and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. The husband is the priest of the family and is to love his wife and guide her in the truths of the Bible. He is to care for her as he would care for himself.

The Bible says to love and honor your mother and father

Respecting our parents is one of the oldest teachings in the Bible that goes back to the 10 commandments. It is a very old and consistent teaching in the Bible.

God told the people: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12).

When some people tried to disrespect their parents Jesus told them that this was a sin. Here is what Jesus said: “Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ ….’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God, ’they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites!” (Matthew 15:3-7).

So as a Christian it is very important to love your mother and your father and to honour them.

Love your wife. Don’t be harsh to her

The Bible also teaches that husbands are to love their wives and not to be harsh with them.

The Bible says: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. …. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.” (Ephesians 5:25-30).

It is very important for a husband to love his wife and to take care of her and to be kind to her.

It is also important for a husband not to yell at or hit his wife. This goes against the teaching of the Bible. God teaches us through the Bible that: “Husbands, love your wives. Do not hold hard feelings against them.” (Colossians 3:19).

Wives need to respect theirs husbands and not ignore him

Wives are required to listen to their husbands in the things of the Lord and to treat them with respect. Wives are to respect their husbands and treat them with dignity and love. They should listen to their husbands and cooperate with them and not ignore them or say things that are harmful towards them.

Wives should forgive their husbands, and husbands should forgive their wives. God teaches us that: “Wives, respect and obey your husbands in the same way. Then the husbands who do not obey the word of God will want to know God. They will want to know God because their wives live good lives, even though they say nothing about God.” (1 Peter 3:1).

The Bible says: “So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33).

Parents are to love their children

This is obvious. Parents are to love their children and to take care of their needs. Parents, that is mothers and fathers, are to take care of their children and to feed them, give them things to drink, give them clothes and provide a place for them to live. Parents are also to spend time with their children. They are to teach their children about God. Parents are to make sure their children have fathers and mothers who love them and spend a lot of time with them.

Parents should not neglect or abandon their children. Fathers especially should not make their children angry at them. Parents are to love their children and care for them. Parents are to teach them how to live their lives on this earth.

Parents are to teach their children

Parents are to teach their children about the Lord. The Bible teaches us that: “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” (Proverbs 22:6).

Parents are to: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4).

Parents are also to teach their children about the basic things in life. Parents are to tell their children about heath issues and how to take care of their bodies. Parents are to take care of their children’s education and as much as they can to help their children with getting an education, learning how to read, and learning how to write. This is important for both boys and girls, and young men and young women.

“For God does not show favoritism.” (Romans 2:11).

Love your children and the one you married

The Bible teaches men and women to stay faithful to the person that they married. Husbands and wives should love one another and forgive one another of their sins. They should be kind to one another and work together to serve the Lord and to serve each other.

Parents should love the children they brought into this world. They should pray for them and take care of them. They should spend time with them and care for them more than they care for anything else in this world.

God will judge those people who brought children into this world and then abandoned them or left them alone.

Love each other and serve God with all your heart, all your soul, and your strength, and all your mind.

© Somali Christian Ministries, 2014
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