Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Family: A place of Faith Formation (Christ centered Family)
1 John 2:7-17
v10 "Who ever love his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling”
A Christian home is based on God’s purposes for every member of the household. It’s a place where the family’s goals are founded upon His values and where the corporate vision of the future is consistent with His plan.
Here, John in his letter begins by demanding that his people should remember their privilege that they are called the children of God. A Christian family is a place where, parents and children practice and grow their faith. It should be a living faith, a loving faith, a laboring faith, a saving faith, a serving faith, a fruit producing faith and a fruit sustaining faith.
Let me explain the qualities of a Christ centered family.
A Christ centered Family is a loving family. They love one another with genuine affection. They take delight in honoring one another. The basic unit of the society is the family, where the children learn how to love, how to care, how to share and how to honor each other.
It is a sharing family. They are always willing to share their belongings and possessions one another like the early believers who come together and share their posse ions.
It is a praying Family. “A family prays together stays together” It is true. Practice the family prayer in the morning and in the evening or whenever they get time together in every day.
It is a Bible meditating family: Study the word of God and meditate on it to understand the will of God about their life each day.
It is a forgiving family: Forgive each other and ask God for forgiveness each day for their sins and receive the strength of His spirit to overcome the temptation of the forces of the dark. In family, we learn how to rejoice with the rejoicing people, and weep with the weeping people. Learn how to practice hospitality and charity.
It is a serving Family. A Christian family is a place where we learn how to serve the Lord and His people. It is place where one can form their faith and transform their lives through the saving Grace of Jesus Christ.
A family altar can alter one’s life. Family is a place where one can learn and make the right choices of life. As Joshua said,” As me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24.15). Once Joshua took the right choice the entire family accepted and followed the choice of Joshua. A Christ centered family can transform the whole community by the power of the Holy Spirit.
O Lord our heavenly father, thank you for our loving and caring families. O Lord, continue to help us to sustain our families to fulfill your goal and experience your grace and express it. In Jesus name we pray.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“A Christian family is a place where each one lives for one another and everybody live together for God”
P. T. Mathew, M. T. C of Dallas Farmers Branch
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church