Strive to be a positive influence in your family

There’s something wrong in our world, and it’s serious.

Last week, we learned that the “something wrong” in our world begins in all of us. The transformation that God brings is a change that must first begin on the inside of people like you and me.

Today, we’ll dig a little deeper into some of the other transformations that must take place in order for our world to become a better place. The first is the family.

Healthy Christian families are to nurture each other and encourage each other, hold each other accountable and cheer each other on as we grow in the likeness and image of Jesus, which is God’s goal for all of us.

In Deuteronomy 6:5-7, Moses told the Israelites to “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 upon 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.”

What a blessing it is when families can fan the spiritual flame in each other’s lives. I believe God wants all of us to step up to the challenge of becoming a positive influence in our families spiritually and in every other way. This has application for spouses, parents, grandparents and more.

We have a moral and ethical responsibility to lead our homes not only by teaching morality, character and godly values, but to model these qualities ourselves. It is up to us to teach our children what it means to trust Christ for salvation.

We must train them to look to God for direction and strength for living. We are the ones who should teach them things like honest, integrity, and morality. It is up to us to lead our children to know and follow Christ, not only by our words, but by our example.

In the spirit of Deuteronomy 6, we must do everything we can to make sure that our kids grow up with the qualities of godliness etched in their hearts and on their minds.

The family unit is indispensable when it comes to moral development in a society. The breakdown of the family is at the heart of so many of the challenges we are facing in today’s culture.

We have been called to lead our families spiritually. It is a big responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

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