Family and the Bible
A man who fails to work to provide for his family denies the faith.
"If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
I Timothy 5:8, NIV.
God's children may experience rejection by friends and family.
"Jesus said to them, 'Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.'"
Mark 6:4, NIV.
"Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me."
Psalms 27:10, NIV
Christians are adopted into God's family.
"The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." Romans 8:16, NIV.
"But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons."
Galatians 4:4-5, RSV.
There is a promise for those persecuted by their family.
"And anyone who gives up his home, brothers, sisters, father, mother, wife, children, or property, to follow Me, shall receive a hundred times as much in return, and shall have eternal life."
Matthew 19:29, TLB.
It is dangerous and unwise to show favouritism in a family.
"Now as it happened, Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other children, because Joseph was born to him in his old age.
So one day Jacob gave him a special gift - a brightly colored coat.
His brothers of course noticed their father's partiality, and consequently hated Joseph; they couldn't say a kind word to him."
Genesis 37:3-4, TLB.9
What the Bible says about Family
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Definition of Family
1. a. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.
b. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place.
2. All the members of a household under one roof.
3. A group of persons sharing common ancestry.
4. Lineage, especially distinguished lineage.
5. A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
6. a. A group of like things; a class.
b. A group of individuals derived from a common stock: the family of human beings.4
Family denotes a group of people or animals (many species form the equivalent of a human family wherein the adults care for the young) affiliated by a consanguinity, affinity or co-residence. Although the concept of consanguinity originally referred to relations by "blood," anthropologists have argued that one must understand the idea of "blood" metaphorically, and that many societies understand 'family' through other concepts rather than through genetic distance.
One of the primary functions of the family is to produce and reproduce persons, biologically and socially. Thus, one's experience of one's family shifts over time. From the perspective of children, the family is a family of orientation: the family serves to locate children socially, and plays a major role in their enculturation and socialization. From the point of view of the parent(s), the family is a family of procreation the goal of which is to produce and enculturate and socialize children. However, producing children is not the only function of the family; in societies with a sexual division of labor, marriage, and the resulting relationship between two people, is necessary for the formation of an economically productive household.
A conjugal family includes only the husband, the wife, and unmarried children who are not of age.
The most common form of this family is regularly referred to as a nuclear family.8
Foundation of Society
Families have been often recognized as the foundation of society. Generally, families are the closest units of any society. Family members strengthen each other, help each other and defend each other. A good family stands together and is united. They may have some differences among themselves but when the family is threatened by a third party all of the family members come together to support, encourage and defend each other. Apart from a strong Christian culture, this is one of the strongest traits of mankind, in general, throughout all of society. Families support and help one another.
The family is designed to feed and protect each member thereof.5