Shelby G. Floyd
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
A HAPPY HOME
In the office of a family counselor, I read these words on a plaque: “Let’s put the word ‘fun’ back in the word dysfunctional!” In functional homes each member of the family will have joyful fun in everything that is morally and religiously right.
A JOYFUL CONGREGATION
A joyful congregation is made up joyful people who have joyful homes. Most people want to have a happy home. To have a happy home is no accident. It involves work, planning and cooperation. Above all else, a happy home is a home that respects and abides by God’s instructions for each member of the fam¬ily.
A FUNCTIONAL HUSBAND/FATHER
A happy home has a father that loves his wife as he loves himself (Ephesians 5:25, 28). He provides for the material well-being of the family (1 Timothy 5:8), he also provides the spiritual training for the children (Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 22:6). This involves correction and discipline (Proverbs 29:15, 17). His goal should be to govern his home well (1 Timothy 3:4-5).
A FUNCTIONAL WIFE/MOTHER
In a happy home the wife—mother also has responsi¬bilities. She is to be a virtuous and faithful wife (Proverbs 12:4; 31:10-30). She is to avoid a brawling and quarrel¬some spirit (Proverbs 21:9). As she matures, she is to teach and train the younger women to love their husbands and children (Titus 2:3-5; 1 Timothy 5:14).
It is also incumbent upon the children to recognize and carry out their God given responsibilities in order for the home to be all that it should be. From the beginning chil¬dren have been commanded by God to respect and obey their parents (Matthew 15:4; Exodus 20:12). In the ideal home a wise son or daughter will hear and heed the instruction of the father and mother (Proverbs 1:8; 3:1, 3). Paul states that this was the first command of God with a promise attached to it—long life upon the earth (Ephesians 6:1-3).
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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142