Daily Devotional, Year 2, December 24 (Liberty of Conscience in the Family)

By admin On November 6th, 2021

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Genesis 18:19, KJV: “For I (God) know him (Abraham), that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

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God has put us in a world in which we all want to have things our own way.

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In centuries past, the family was often ruled over by the stern hand of the father. Divorces were rare and family members knew they had to obey when in the sight of the father.

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Fast-forward into our current-day society. The father does not enjoy such supreme authority. Maybe in some other cultures. But not the western nations so much. And decreasingly so in all cultures, pretty much.

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As a matter of fact, it is not uncommon for the wife to be the head of the household.

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Yes, we live in a very different world today. Oh no, not that this world was ever a good place. But as evil and selfish as things have always been, it has been devolving even more in these last years.

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But for the Christian home, things should be much closer to Heaven’s way of governing. In other words, the Christian father and mother should take their respective roles, bringing up their children wisely and patiently and godly.

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Well, at least that’s the way it should be. But of course, it isn’t that way…most of the time. Yes, most of the time, one spouse is probably closer to the Lord than the other spouse. And so, it is not uncommon for there to be continual contention between husband and wife, over many issues.

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And in most cases, the children have been greatly influenced by outside associations (TV Internet, radio…and even comic books, friends, public schooling, etc…)

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And so, needless to say, family life in the west has become very complicated for all, but especially for the Christian!

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Quite often, the newer Christian is very zealous to “command his (or her) children and his household after him”, just like faithful Abraham.

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But more often than not, the new Believer soon discovers that in today’s world, “the god of this world” has worked 24/7/365 to destroy the family unit, making things extremely difficult, especially for Christians!

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