Our responsibility as believers is to care for the members of our household, and it is of the utmost importance to God.
Today, we must look at our God-given relationships and covenant- made relationships in the same light as God does. This teaching begins in Genesis when God confronts Cain and is seen throughout the entirety of scripture. Throughout the Old Testament, there are scriptural commands for honoring parents and training children. There are stories of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law togetherness and sibling faithfulness. So regardless of the position one holds within the family, the health and sanctity of the family can be affected. And it should be affected in a way similar to that of our Lord Jesus.
So let us commit to accepting and fulfilling our family roles and responsibili-ties as Christ would ask us to.
“But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” 1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)
This verse comes at the end of Paul’s direction to Timothy to care for and show honor to the real widows of his day. And as he concludes his instructions, he uses this strong language to emphasize the family’s responsibility to care for their family members. In verse 4 he gives positive reasons to do so and here he adds a negative counterpart. He gives a correlation of pagan belief and life, of being better than those who do not care for their families, regardless of faith. That is because in light of the way God has created us (by the law ‘written on their hearts’, Romans 2:14-16), even pagans followed the Roman law that enshrined a duty to care for family members. So Christians cannot neglect their family members and place undue burden on the church to care for them.
It is our responsibility and an honor to love, guide, and care for the children God has given us.
Lord, thank you for your good and perfect instruction and example of ‘family’. I thank you for the role and responsibilities you have given us. Help us to see our families as You do and to serve them as you have asked. We pray for your truth and grace over marriages, children, parents, siblings, aunt/uncle relationships, grandparents, and extended family members. We pray that your Spirit would help us to be and to build the best and most fruitful families in this world. Thank you for the blessings of family. We pray that you would be glorified in all that we do and are. In Jesus name, Amen.
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