Some us have been blessed with wonderful families of origin, while some of
them were unable or unwilling to give us the love we needed. God's word has
a lot to say about both natural and Christian families. Whether we have a
loving natural family or not, it is part of God's plan that we all belong
to Christian families. Here is a little of what the Bible has to say about
Exo 20:12 (NIV) Honor your father and your mother, so
that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
1 Tim 5:8 (NIV) If anyone does not provide for his relatives,
and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse
than an unbeliever.
Mat 12:50 (NIV) For whoever does the will of my Father
in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
Mat 19:5 (NIV) and said, 'For this reason a man will leave
his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become
1 Cor 8:12-13 (NIV) When you sin against your brothers
in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore,
if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat
meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.
1 Th 4:10 (NIV) And in fact, you do love all the brothers
throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.
Psa 113:9 (NIV) He settles the barren woman in her home
as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.
Prov 31:10-11 (NIV) A wife of noble character who can
find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence
in her and lacks nothing of value.
Psa 68:6 (NIV) God sets the lonely in families, he leads
forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched