Monday, November 24, 2008

Principles About Family in Scripture

I wanted to share some simple insights I found about the attributes of children, mothers, and fathers while reading Scripture today... this is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but simply a list from what I found doing a few word studies ("like child", "like mother" and "like father"), today.

SOME THINGS WE CAN LEARN ABOUT CHILDREN FROM SCRIPTURE:

  • Children are like olive shoots... they grow and multiply and signify great blessing. - Ps. 127
  • Children are like arrows... they are to be sharpened and they are to be shot out with a specific, useful purpose.- Ps. 127
  • A weaned child is at ease and comfortable around his mother. - Psalm 131:2
  • Generally, scripture shows that daughters become like their mothers ( Ezekiel 15:44-45), and sons become like their fathers (2 Chron. 30:7-8, John 5:19-20), and children become like their parents (, 2 Ki. 17:40-41, Ps. 78:7-8). This can be either a promise or a curse. We should take it as a challenge.
  • Little children can sometimes understand spiritual things better than even the very wise. - Matt. 11:25
  • It is a terrible thing to lead a child into sin. - Matt. 18:6
  • When a child feels drawn to Jesus, no one should hinder him/her from that desire. - Mark 10:14-15
  • A child speaks, thinks, and reasons like a child, not like a man. - 1 Cor. 13:11
  • Someone who deserves to be treated like an adult will stop speaking, thinking, and reasoning like a child. - 1 Cor. 13:11
THINGS WE CAN LEARN ABOUT MOTHERS FROM SCRIPTURE:
  • Fruitfulness is a blessing from God for mothers. - Ps. 127
  • A mother nourishes the little "olive shoots" God has grown on her "vine". - Ps. 127
  • A mother should gently care for her dear little ones. - 1 Thess. 2:6-8
THINGS WE CAN LEARN ABOUT FATHERS FROM SCRIPTURE:
  • Fruitfulness is a blessing from God to fathers. - Ps. 127
  • A father considers what inheritance he will leave his children. - Jere. 3:19
  • A father meets his children's needs and gives good gifts to them. - Luke 11:11-13
  • A father exhorts, encourages, and charges his children in the way they should walk as a member of his family. - 1 Thess. 2:11-12

Perhaps this will help us as mothers and wives and students of God's Word today.

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