You will learn and live your deepest values and convictions in the place where you meet most often: your home. Your identity will be crafted by those whom you love the most and with whom you spend the most important moments. Your purpose in life will be formulated and driven by what is emphasized in your home. Challenges and conflict will be handled based on what is practiced in your home. These realities do not discount the powerful influence of others outside of the home, but it cannot be denied that your identity, personality, and purpose are founded first within your home. Therefore, the home is the center of Christian learning because it is the center of Christian living. If you want to learn and to live biblically then take heed to these 10 behaviors within your family:
1. Buy the Truth: Get wisdom for parenting by making the Bible your rule of faith and fellowship with God the top priority of your day (Proverbs 23:23; James 1:5).
2. Bond your Marriage: Edify your spouse and secure your special relationship in order to solidify the foundation of your family (Psalm 11:3; Malachi 2:14).
3. Build Relationships: Capture the heart of your children so you can share your heart with them (Proverbs 23:26; 17:25).
4. Back Biblical Standards: Establish rules in your home and match them to biblical principles (Psalm 127:1; II Timothy 3:16-17; Proverbs 22:6).
5. Boost Character: Set character goals for your children that align with Scripture. (Proverbs 22:1; I Timothy 6:11; Proverbs 31:10).
6. Be the Example: Set the example of godly Christian conduct and character (I Timothy 4:12).
7. Bolster Faith: Establish a family altar that provides a time and a place for family worship (Joshua 24:15).
8. Become their Teacher: View yourself as a teacher of your children (Proverbs 22:20-21; Proverbs 22:6) that provides direction in the application of truth (Proverbs 4:11), administers discipline for the practice of sin (Proverbs 22:15), fosters development of godly habits (II Timothy 3:14-15), and reveals the dividends of righteous living (Galatians 6:7).
9. Be Ready: Parents must already have the Word of God locked in their own heart and must always be prepared to share a biblical principle in a multitude of unforeseen situations often on a moment’s notice (I Peter 3:15).
10. Believe: Trust the Lord as you capitalize on your God-ordained responsibilities as a parent and foster the opportunities of your children to make a lasting impact on this world, starting first with your own family and expanding to horizons yet unknown (Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 3:5-6).
Having families where biblical values are lived is of great importance to the identities of everyone in your home. In your home you demonstrate who you truly are within your heart. Emphasizing the right values through your actions will place your home in the center of God’s blessings.
If you’d like to dive deeper into these suggestions, you’ll find all of them discussed in detail in these articles:
Parenting: The Biblical Perspective
Parenting: The Biblical Principles
Parenting: The Biblical Practice
The Heart of the Parent-Teacher: The Importance of Connecting Truth