Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Family Altar (3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: The Family Altar (3)

What a great privilege you have again to read the column for this month! I began this teaching, by examining the foundation of the family; and last week, I taught on family structure.

However this week, we shall consider the topic Love. As the world is changing, parenting is becoming more complicated. There is always something new about how to help our children to be successful and happy adults.

Every day, we have to take difficult decisions and tackle many responsibilities. How do you accomplish all these without getting overwhelmed?

To get these done, some people turn to drugs and alcohol. Sometimes, you unleash your anxieties on your partner or kids. Many times, a family falls apart, not because they don’t love each other, but because they don’t know the best way to deal with problems.

As a father, you and your wife are responsible for the training of the children. However, many men push these responsibilities to their wives. It is a joint assignment. The man should train his children to grow in the fear of the Lord, like Jonadab did in Jeremiah 35:14, 18-19. Whatever your child becomes in the future will definitely affect you; whether good or bad. Therefore, your office as the head of the family government, is not that of a ‘dictator’ or ‘oppressor’, but that of loving and providing for the welfare of your family, as commanded by God. 1 Timothy 5:8 says: But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

You are the driver of the vehicle of your family, and you occupy a strategic position that can influence what the lives of members of your family will be like. You must live up to this expectation, so that God will not regret making you the head of your home!

We need to know more about the best ways to show love, respect and appreciation to our spouses and children.

Closeness and love to your family will show later in your child’s life. We also need to understand ourselves better and learn to take care of our own needs. The truth is that families need to be worked on. Recognize that every ounce of effort you invest in your family, will deliver amazing results.

It is practically impossible to love your family according to the will of God, without a relationship with God, the embodiment of love.  Are you born again? Are you a child of God? Are you ready to welcome Jesus into your life? If you are ready, please say this prayer with me: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”

If you have prayed this simple prayer, congratulations, you are born again and you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name!. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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