"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.
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord. He said,
“Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far? Yet this was comparatively insignificant in Your sight, Lord God, for You have also spoken about Your servant’s house into the distant future. Is this Your manner with man, Lord God? “What more can David say to You? You know Your servant, Lord God. Because of Your word, according to Your will, You have done all of this greatness to inform Your servant. “Therefore You are great, Lord God. There is none like You, and there is no God except You, according to everything that we have heard with our ears. And who is like Your people, like Israel—a single nation in the land, whom God went to redeem as a people for Himself, making a name for Himself by doing great and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods. You established Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, Lord, became their God. “Now, Lord God, confirm forever the word that You spoke regarding Your servant and his house and do as You have spoken. May Your name be magnified forever by saying, ‘The Lord of Hosts is God over Israel,’ and may the house of Your servant David be established before You. “For You, O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, have revealed a word to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore, Your servant has found the courage to pray this prayer to You. Now, Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true. You have spoken this good message to Your servant. Now, be resolved and bless Your servant’s dynastic house, so that it may stand before You forever. You, Lord God, have spoken, and with Your blessing, the house of Your servant will be blessed forever.”