LOVE: FOUNDATION FOR A HEALTHY FAMILY RELATIONSHIP
Peace and blessings in the precious Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I welcome you to the eleventh month of the year, and I pray that it shall be a month filled with loads of blessings and testimony for you and your family in Jesus name.
One of the greatest blessings of building on the right foundation is that it gives you lasting happiness, peace and fulfilment; one that money cannot buy. This is why in this edition; I shall be sharing with you the topic: Love: Foundation for a healthy family Relationship.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…
This passage of the Bible has clearly defined what love is and what love is not. Love should be expressed but way beyond it been expressed it should be demonstrated by your actions.
What is love?
The Advanced Learners Dictionary defines love as warm liking or affection. It is also described as an affectionate devotion. Love is a major requirement for a healthy family Relationship. It is the major material required in building and transforming your house into a home. Someone said, “Love is what makes the house a home.”
God is Love and His utmost desire is that our homes are heaven on earth. Love is the foundation for a healthy family relationship. The Bible says “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do”? (Psalm 11:3)
A Family represents a group of people who are related to each other, such as the mother, the father, and their children or other persons who might not be related by blood. A family share emotional bonds, common values, goals and responsibilities. Family members contribute significantly to the wellbeing of each other.
Every member of the family has his or her unique love role/responsibility to play in building the family. The Understanding of every member of the family’s responsibility is very vital in ensuring a healthy family relationship. Most a time’s conflict arises in home when responsibility is pushed from one person the others. The Bible says: Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established (Proverb 24:3).
Every individual member of the family is involved in building a healthy family relationship and must locate their individual roles. However, true love can’t be expressed without knowing the origin of love. God Himself is love. A man once said “any man who doesn’t love God can’t know how to love aright”.
The love responsibility is the master key to a healthy marriage. Love is the instrument a man uses to make his wife a glorious woman, without spot or wrinkle. While submission for a woman is characterised by love.
The world has the notation that love is not enough in marriage, there are other things that must be in place to make the marriage work properly, but the truth is, love is the foundation of all other things you might be expecting. The Bible says: And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3). Everything works by love, including your marriage.
Once a man loves his wife as God loves the Church and a woman submits to her husband in love, then the devil cannot gain access to their home. Love is the summary of God’s covenant obligation for man. However, no man has the capacity to love someone else without first loving God genuinely from the heart and you can’t claim to love God without accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savoir, and becoming His child. Jesus is the expression of God’s love to humanity. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
You can be His child by confessing your sins and accepting Him as your Lord and Saviour. If you have not asked Jesus to come into your life or may have neglected your initial love for Him, then you should say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord, 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, teach me to love even as you loved us. 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 protected], 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: Building a Successful Home, Making Marriage Work both authored by me, and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored) with Dr. David O. Oyedepo.
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