~ connecting lives ~
Marriage was divinely established at the beginning with Creation. It’s in the Bible, Genesis 2:18, 22-24, NKJV. “And the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him’… Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
What should love look like? It’s in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NKJV. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Keep relationships growing in unity and understanding. It’s in the Bible, Ephesians 4:2-3, NKJV. “With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
The Bible forbids physical or verbal abuse of one’s spouse. It’s in the Bible, Colossians 3:19, NKJV. “Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.”
Children bring happiness to a family. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 127:3-5, NKJV. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”
Properly training a child will have lifelong effects. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 22:6, NKJV. “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Children should respect their parents. It’s in the Bible, Exodus 20:12, NKJV. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”