Taking Back the Power God Has Granted to Families
Empowering another is to make that person stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life. In this age, families have lost control. This was not the plan for Christian families. Genesis 1:28 says of Adam and Eve, “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” God granted them authority and put the earth under their power. It’s time to take our power back! There are three necessary components for Christian families to regain the dominion God granted: Boundaries, Individuality, and Forgiveness.
Let’s start with boundaries. Every family needs boundaries. Boundaries provide safety for all family members. Boundaries appear with the first family in Eden—God specifically told Adam and Eve that everything was theirs except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Boundaries define property; knowledge of evil belonged only to God! Today, it is the responsibility of parents to set boundaries.
Individuality is a great challenge. Christians have often confused unity with uniformity. This causes confusion and the assumption that everyone must act, think, and be alike! Yet, 1 Corinthians 12:6,11 (MSG) states “Each person is given something to do that shows Who God is…He decides who gets what, and when. Our God is so great, He needs all of us to show His glory. Therefore, each person will be unique. Families who respect each member’s individuality, show forth God’s glory in the earth. It allows children to realize their God-given gifts and praise Him for making them who they are.” Furthermore, “That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original” (Galatians 5:26, MSG).
Forgiveness is the fragrance of God’s presence in the home. A Christian home must be a place where forgiveness is as natural as air. When we realize how great God’s sacrifice was for our sins, we can’t deny those we love the same forgiveness. Since none of us are perfect, we must learn to share forgiveness with our families.
When our homes are built upon setting boundaries, respecting individuality, and sharing forgiveness, we will have a home where angels love to dwell. We will have a home that becomes an object lesson.
“The mission of the home extends beyond its own members. The Christian home is to be an object lesson, illustrating the excellence of the true principles of life. Such an illustration will be a power for good in the world. Far more powerful than any sermon that can be preached is the influence of a true home upon human hearts and lives. As the youth go out from such a home, the lessons they have learned are imparted. Nobler principles of life are introduced into other households, and an uplifting influence works in the community” (Ministry of Healing, p. 352).