Nugget 1: Families are God’s own idea (Genesis 2:18, 24). No idea of God is a mistake. Your family may have issues, but your family is not a mistake.
Nugget 2: There’s no perfect family. Even the family of Adam and Eve that was established by God, messed up big time. Sibling rivalry, adultery, murder, rape and other misbehaviours were seen in David’s family, yet God referred to David as a man after His heart (1 Samuel 13:14) and did great things through David. God doesn’t wait until your family is perfect before He starts moving and working in your family. God just needs your family to be intentional about living for Him and committed to following Him and that’s how your family in spite of their imperfections, can have a special place in God’s heart.
Nugget 3: God’s blessings flow into your life as you are a blessing to your family especially to your parents. Some parents are controlling and domineering, some are strong disciplinarians, some have no rules and boundaries and agree with everything you want or do, some are over-protective, some are easy to get along with. Rather than spend our time analysing and trying to decipher which type of parent we have, God wants us to devote our time to respecting, honouring and showing love to our parents for that’s the path to blessing, favour and long life (Exodus 20:12).
Nugget 4: Families provide support and encouragement in times of pain, trial, struggles and disappointment. But for the love of her uncle Mordecai, Esther who lost both parents at a tender age, would have experienced a terrible and battered childhood. Her uncle stood by her, supported her and helped her to overcome feelings of loneliness, insecurity and abandonment. The wise counsel of Mordecai helped Esther become a woman of honour and attain the status of a queen even though she was the most unlikely candidate for such a prestigious position (Esther 2:15-19).
Nugget 5: God never said there won’t be offences and misunderstandings in our families. What He said is that we should bear with one another and forgive each other just as He forgives us (Colossians 3:13).
Nugget 6: No matter how much you love God or are loved by God, at some point, your family will have a ‘Lazarus’; a hopeless situation, a trying time. When such times come, don’t lose hope and faith. God will step into that situation and give your family an outstanding testimony of His power if you bring Him into that situation (John 11:17, 39-44).
Nugget 7: At the heartbeat of God is the salvation of families not individuals. When God was to save Noah from the flood that wiped out the whole earth, God didn’t just save Noah, he saved Noah with his family (Genesis 7:1). When God sent his angles to rescue Lot from the fiery fire sent to consume the entire Sodom and Gomorrah, God didn’t just go on a rescue mission for Lot alone, He rescued Lot and his family members who were willing to leave Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:15). In Acts 16:31, Paul rightly explains God’s salvation plan for mankind, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household’. God wants you and your family saved and He usually begins with one person till the whole family is rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the Kingdom of light. It is good for you to know the Lord Jesus, it is a greater delight to the Kingdom of God to see that you and your entire family can call God, Our Father, not just as a religious routine but borne from a real, deep and personal relationship with Him.
Nugget 8: The best decision your family can make is to decide that as for me and my family we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15). Serving God is the pathway to your family discovering their divine purpose and fulfilling it. Serving God keeps your family from living a wasted, purposeless and directionless life. Serving God places a special mark of distinction and honour on you and your family (Malachi 3:8). Serving God is simply following in the footsteps of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and living a blessed life (Mark 10:45, John 13:12-1).
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