‘’Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh’’ – Gen 2:24.

INTRODUCTION

The family is the smallest unit of the society and the oldest institution on earth.

It is God’s ideas and arrangement. It plays an important role in any society. There is no better arrangement for bringing up children to maturity than the family unit. God did a wonderful thing when He instituted the family. July every year is our family month and this year we shall be looking at Raising a Happy Family.

FAMILY COMPOSITION

A General concept of family composition is a Father, Mother and their children and this forms the basic unit upon which every society is built. It is the foundation upon which the human society is built. If the family unit is attacked and destroyed, the entire society will collapse. If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do.

THE IDEAL FAMILY

God planned the family to be a ‘’haven of safety and security’’. An ideal family is not just father, mother and children living in a house. It is a home where caring parents sit with their children and happily discuss the events of the day. Children chattering excitedly as they tell their father and mother what happens at school or how they spent their day. It is relaxing and a refreshing place for parents and children in preparation to face the world outside the home the next day. In an ideal family,a child believes that his father or mother will care for him/she when he/she gets sick. It is a home where children can go to their father or mother with their problem and gets biblical advice and support. It is a place a child feels save no matter what troubles the world is facing outside the walls of the family. Regrettably not all families are ideal and this is because most families are run outside biblical precept.

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