Saturday, December 1, 2012

Family Prosperity

Family prosperity is a family that is close, counts on each other, and follows God's ways. To clearly define what makes a propsperous family you must look at God's plan for each of the roles within the family.

A marriage is a man and a woman coming together as one and promising to support and care for each other as long as they live. Marriages have both smooth and rough patches but if the husband and wife truly love each other, love God, and follow His ways there is nothing they cannot overcome.

Husbands should be caring and respectful to their wife. She should be more important to them than themself. Although they are biblically the head of the household the marriage should be a partnership and the wife his equal. He is responsible for ensuring the family is learning about and following God. He is responsible for the education of God in the family and guiding the family unit in the right direction. Husbands should never be mean and abusive toward his wife and should teach his children right from wrong and never abusive with them.
He should be willing to help his wife and do whatever he needs to take care of her.

Ephesians 5:25-32
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] 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.”

Colossians 3:19
Husbands, love your wives and be not harsh with them. 

Ephesians 6:4
 Fathers,do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Wives should also be supportive of thier husbands and help them as necessary. They should be respectful and caring for their husbands. They should work with the husband, and he with her, on things such as discipline of children, education about God, and anything else that is a family impacting decision. Husbands and wives should submit to each other.

1 Corinthians 7:13-16
If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Proverbs 21:9
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Children should honor and obey thier parents and learn God's ways from an early age.

Ephesians 6:1-4
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.”