“Impossible is Nothing” with God, and today we focused on the fact that “Family As God Intended IS Possible.” The male and female campers were separated into two different classes this morning, and volleyball coordinator Jerry Price taught the boys’ class and camp “gopher” Cindy Cleary taught the girls’ class.
God has from the beginning had a will for man and the family. Man is to leave, cleave, become one and be joined to his wife (Genesis 2:24,25; 7:7). God intended man to fill the earth after the flood (Genesis 9:1). God wants us to find good mates to marry (Genesis 26:34,35; I Samuel 25:17).
God intends men to have “one wife for life!” Multiple wives could turn a man’s heart away from the Lord (Deuteronomy 17:17) as in the case of Solomon and his 700 wives and 3oo concubines (I Kings 11:3,4). Malachi 2:14 tells us that man is to treat his wife with respect and honor, and that the two should be one flesh for life and produce godly offspring (v. 15). Matthew 19:1-9 refers back to Genesis 2:24,25 stating that divorce is only acceptable to God when the sin of adultery is involved.
How can we assure that the family is as God intended?
1. Be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1)
2. Walk circumspectly, pay careful attention (Ephesians 5:15)
When it comes to family, everyone submits to someone (Hebrews 1:9)
1. Wives must submit to their own husbands (Ephesians 5:22) and leave and cleave to their husbands (Ephesians 5:31)
2. Husband has a responsibility to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave His life for it (Ephesians 5:25)
3. Fathers have a responsibility to the home to not stir up anger in his children (Ephesians 6:4)
4. Children have a responsibility to the home to obey and honor their parents (Ephesians 6:1)
What must we do to have the family God intended for us:
1. Put on tender mercies (Colossians 3:12-17)
2. Wife must submit, husband must love and not be bitter, children must obey, and fathers must not provoke (Colossians 3:18-21)
3. The family must be of one mind (I Peter 3:8,9)
4. Lay aside malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking (I Peter 2:1)
5. Have tender affection for one another, giving preference to your family before yourself (Romans 12:10)
6. Serve one another with love (Galatians 5:13)
7. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another (Ephesians 4:31,32)
8. Submit to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21)
9. Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)
10. Be hospitable to one another without grumbling (I Peter 4:9)