Family Relationships

August 2, 2016

 

4And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 10And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. 11And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. 12And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery. 13And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. 

Family Relationships

This is an interesting passage where Jesus is not only talking about marriage and divorce, but He is then addressing the importance of children and their part in the kingdom of God.  One of the greatest maladies of this age is the moral decline we are experiencing as a society and as Christians because of the breakdown of our homes and our families.  We have become either too busy or too broken in our marriages to give our children what they need.  There are millions of homes with single parents struggling to make ends meet and millions of children growing up with a lack of love, discipline and mentoring that they need.  Even those of us who have homes and marriages that are loving and intact often find ourselves missing the opportunities we need to take advantage of, in investing into spouse and our children’s lives.  

I believe Jesus, in this passage is bringing out the point that marriage and family are not about putting the ones you love aside.  So often we get so caught up in the process of providing for our family that the means takes the place of the object of what our lives are about.   We miss out on giving the greatest provision of all, our personal time and attention.  If we spend all our resources to buy a farm, but never spend time working the fields, can we expect them to produce anything but weeds?  A family is an investment of our lives and it continues on even when our kids are grown and we have grandkids.  The most meaningful memories we have from our childhood are probably not what mom or dad bought us, but those special one on one times that we had with them that were special and meaningful.  Sometimes we don’t realize the little things that we do or give that are the most significant.  God wants us to know that the most precious gift we have to give is our time and ourselves.  Passing down memories, teaching and instructing our children and grandchildren are the things that matter.  I have felt the Lord’s conviction on my own life that it won’t matter so much whether we were rich or poor, but where we invested our time and our love.  Perhaps nothing says more to someone about how important they are and how much we love them than the personal time and attention that we give them.   Seize those moments when you can have special time with your family and the ones you love.   Few things are more important. 

Blessings,

#kent

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