A Path to Freedom - Believing and Obeying God's Word to Promote Healing
ORDER IN FAMILIES

The Bible tells us how families are to function.  It explains how husbands and wives are to treat each other, and how children and young adults are to be trained.  Grown children are responsible for seeing that their aging parents are cared for. 

1.  Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his wife loves himself.  After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church--for we are members of his body.  "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."  (Gen. 2:24)  This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.  However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Deuteronomy 5:16)   Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  Ephesians 5:22-33, 6:1-4 

2.  Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.  Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.  Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.  Titus 2:2-6 

3.  Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.  Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.  For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.  They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master.  You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.  Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so the nothing will hinder your prayers.  I Peter 3:1-7

4.  Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.  Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.  Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.  Colossians  3:18-21 

God, quite often, puts husbands and wives together so that the wounds from their past will become apparent and can then be dealt with.  It does not mean that you married the wrong person.  This website should help with that healing.

5.  Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6a

6. Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.   Deuteronomy 5:16 

7.  For God commanded saying, "Honor your father and your mother;" and, "He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death." (Exodus 21:17)  But you say, "Whoever says to his father or mother, 'Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God;' then he need not honor his father or mother."  Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.  Matthew 15:4-6 

As Jesus was dying on the cross, he asked John to take care of His mother.

8.  Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!"  Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!"  And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.  John 19:25-27 

 
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