"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.
A Christian family is more than a collection of people who believe in God, go to church together every Sunday, and then forget about God for the rest of the week. Rather, a Christian family is a group of people who allow their faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ to inform and direct their actions and decisions.
Today, many people feel pressured to compartmentalize different parts of their lives, and almost no part gets cornered off more than faith. For many Christians faith has merely become one aspect of how they raise their children and run their families. True and alive faith, however, should be the guiding force behind how family members relate to each other.
Love and the Christian Family
Jesus taught us to love one another to the best of our abilities. The very first place where children discover their ability to love and be loved is within the family. Close family ties show us what is means to work together for the betterment of everyone within the family unit. A true Christian family is one where love and respect is extended to all members. Love between parents and children is expressed through obedience on the part of the children and compassion on the part of the parents, and love between siblings is expressed through close friendships.
Commitment and the Christian Family
From Jesus' preaching against divorce to Paul the Apostle's letters telling Christian followers to stay true to one another in the face of persecution, commitment has always been a hugely important part of Christianity. Christians are called to keep the promises they make to one another and to never give up on each other. If someone in a Christian family needs help and support, then they should be able to turn to their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles in order to find it.
Discussing God in the Christian Family
Finally, a Christian family doesn't shy away from discussing God with one another. The family is the first place where most people learn about Christianity and God, and it needs to continue to provide motivation for every member to grow in their faith. If you need any clarification about whether or not God encourages spiritual discussion in the home, then just take a look at these inspiring Bible verses from Deuteronomy 6:5-7:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
Families are called to pray together, read scripture together, and talk about God together. Our faith should be with us from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep. It should be shared and discussed freely among family members to encourage the love and commitment that God expects from a Christian family.