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Does the Bible say that wives should place their husbands ahead of their children? First, I want to thank the writer for the question this week.
While the Bible does not lay out a step for step order for family relationship priorities; there are general principles for the order of our family relationships. As we consider the order of these family relationships, we should be careful not to over generalize the idea of placing one person ahead of another as, in any family.
We should realize that there are often changes from one person to another depending on circumstances and need. However, I do believe that the general principle of a wife putting her husband ahead of her children is implied by a combination of Scriptures. This involves a myriad of thoughts such as church attendance Heb. According to Paul a married man is to love his wife as Christ loved the church Ephesians Paul discusses this natural order of familial relationships and in his example a husband should follow God first, and then his wife.
God made her as a fitting helper and companion for Adam Genesis If in the natural order of life spouses are second only to God and since they become one flesh then it seems natural that the offspring of their marriage relationship, their children must then follow in the order of priorities.
Concerning the children, God explicitly teaches that we are to raise them in a manner to cause them to love God with all their heart mind and soul as well. There can be no doubt that the scriptural order of priorities is God, spouse, children, parents, extended family, brothers and sisters in Christ, and then the rest of the world.
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. Sometimes decisions must be made to focus on one person over another, however, the goal is to not neglect any of our relationships.
If we try we have the ability to meet the needs of all our relationships as set forth by God in His holy Word. The biblical balance is allowing God to empower us to meet all of our relationship priorities, inside and outside our families.
There are some husbands who act contrary to the Word of God in that they are abusive and spiritually neglectful to their families. In such cases, hard decisions must be made concerning the welfare of the family unit and the responsibility to raise proper children.
Each situation is unique and should be handled on an individual basis depending on the situation. Tony Hoss is minister at the Centerview Church of Christ.
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