Happy Family (Part 3) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Happy Family (Part 3)
Welcome to the third in this series. Last week, I taught on the issue of finance in the family. We understand that Christ is the source of lasting joy in the home which results into happiness in the family and also the love which binds the husband and wife together. However, a stable and balance financial status in the home can’t give complete happiness without raising godly children. Nurturing your seed in a godly way, that is in the fear of the Lord, is another way a family can experience happiness. One reason why God makes husband and wife one in spirit and flesh is because their union is supposed to produce godly seeds. Although, it is true that God commanded man to multiply and replenish the earth, His cardinal reason for childbearing is to raise up godly seeds unto Him. However, if having godly children makes a happy family, then there must be godly parents to make it a reality.
The Bible says: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). The scripture makes it very clear that there is a way each child should go, and parents have a responsibility to locate that way and train them up in it. The promise attached to that scripture is that when the children are old they will not depart from that way. Aside from when they are grown, even when they are still growing, they give you peace at home. Parents must bear it in mind that the children of today are the adults of tomorrow; they constitute the future generation. There is an adage that says “You can only train a child but correct an adult”. One mistake parents often make is to assume that the church, society or school is responsible for the training of their children. Although these institutions have definite contributions to make towards it, the home has a larger percentage of the responsibilities, one reason being that growing children spend a greater percentage of their time at home.
For happiness to be complete in the family, there are roles each party must play to see godly children raised in the family and I will be sharing these roles in this series:
The role of the mother in raising godly children: The Bible says: A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother (Proverbs 15:21). I believe that the training of a child is the responsibility of both parents, but the mother has a larger part to play because mothers have a lot of influence over their children. Mothers have special attributes which are linked up directly with their children which are the breasts and womb. The children are nurtured in the wombs of the mother and fed from their breasts. So, I admonish mothers to see their special place in the nurturing of their children. They should spend quality time with their children to see to it that they grow in the wisdom and stature of Christ. Most women spend so much time in business or careers while neglecting their children. They leave very early in the morning and return late at night particularly those in the cities. Such lifestyle yields a minimal result in the life of the children because the mother has shied away from the responsibility of nurturing her children. Such a mother is not set to fulfill God’s instruction to raise godly seeds unto Him.
Raising godly children is an instruction from God to parents which has to be obeyed because …children are the heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalm127:3). Grace to obey this God-given instruction is only available when you accept Jesus Christ and become born again. If you are yet to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour, please say this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily; obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through email@example.com, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.