Previous posts in this series have prompted some readers to point out that some children do not live in the best of circumstances. The Family: A Proclamation to the World has something to say about how family members are to be treated.
HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. "Children are an heritage of the Lord" (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives--mothers and fathers--will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.Because families are so important, it follows that God wants us to take our family responsibilities seriously. My heart breaks to think of the numerous children who do not grow up in loving homes, who do not have their needs met, and who do not receive guidance on how to live their lives. Society is weakened when children do not receive the nurture that they require.
Not only do parents have an obligation to their children, they have an obligation to each other, to love and care for each other. Children benefit greatly from the stability that comes when their parents are deeply in love and the atmosphere in the home is encouraging and calm.
No family is perfect, but the more closely we align our families to the standards in The Family: A Proclamation to the World, the stronger and happier our families will be.
Thanks for loving families.