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I Believe (5th in the Series): Family Duty


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.  


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Thanks for loving families. 

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    1. You and Dad have always been a good example to me.

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  2. Just because not everyone lives in an ideal family is not justification to abandon the ideal! You are so right that the closer we align ourselves, through sacrifice and self-discipline, to becoming an ideal family, the happier we can be; not to mention the more stable society will be through stronger families. Thanks for speaking out on this important subject.

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  3. Strong families come from strong faith and by making the Lord the head of their household.

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    1. Yes, as we follow the loving example of Christ, our families are blessed.

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  4. I didn't have a loving mother. I didn't come from a happy family. And while it was not fun, I am who I am now because of it all and hopefully a better and stronger person. Still, I would have rather had a loving family!

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    1. Your daughter and granddaughter have benefited from the love you have been able to show them, even though you didn't have that example growing up.

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