Thought for the Day #342





Most homes in America are in disarray; their members are miserable and unhappy. Many excuses and reasons are given by those in the household as to the cause. Such expressions are seldom valid.


Most marriages suffer because of refusal to abide by Godís directives concerning order in family relationships. The following Scriptures give perfect instruction concerning family life, and individual responsibility of each member.


You will find genuine joy, peace and stability, if you follow Godís directives set forth in the following Scripture. Each family member should read and live by it.


Eph 5:21-33: 6:1-4 (New American Standard Bible)

21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.


22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; 26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.


Ephesians 6:1-4


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 that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. 4 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.


Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help me to lay my selfish will aside. I want to live by your instructions and follow your order for family life. Forgive me for the error of my way, and help me to learn both responsibility and submission as you direct. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.