Behold, how good and how pleasant it is, For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard. The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore.
Psalms 133:1-3 (NKJV)
We have been taught that a family is a group of persons bonded by blood, marriage, or adoption from our fetal years. While this is correct, it is not encompassing enough. Therefore, the word family has been said to be one of the most loosely defined terms in the English language; the reason for this is that “family” still has varying meanings to different persons. Some persons define family based on the idea that it consists of persons who share a home together. Some others think of their near and distant relations as a family; others view their intimate friends and pets as family and so on.
So what then is a family? A family is any unit bonded by cords of unconditional love and intense commitment to one another. Regardless of the group’s structure, if it is bound by love, oneness of mind or purpose, and unwavering loyalty, it can rightly be called a united family. Needless to say but a united family is that basic unit of society capable of contributing immensely to the perceived worth, behavioral ideas, attitude, and lifestyle of an individual. It is characterized by all manner of support and unconditional love for its members. This support can be quantified in different units: trust, sacrifice, care, provision, protection, e.t.c. Essentially, this united family is one driven by Christ and the workings of his spirit.
Reasons why you must Build a United Family In Christ.
There are many advantages in building a united family in Christ; here is a list containing some of these reasons.
- A United family will have positive impacts on its members.
Every family has biological, emotional, financial, behavioral, and spiritual implications for each unit member. Therefore depending on the prevalent state of the family, the members therein can be exposed to a host of positive or negative energies. Negative family relationships can go on to produce stress, impact mental health and even encourage high-risk behaviors among members of the family. In contrast, united Christian families help produce entirely healthy adults.
Uncontestably, every individual trained in a family would someday step out into the world. They would have to choose the sort of men or women to be at some point. They would also have to be responsible for the consequences of their decision someday, and 80% of the template on which they would make life-changing decisions would stem from all they had learned from their families and the environment. Therefore, the family is the most fundamental training ground for every individual, and care must be taken to build it uprightly in unity.
- A united family opens up every child to the most accurate understanding of the world.
From childhood, everyone began to perceive the world differently. Today, there are optimists, pessimists, opportunists, sadists, e.t.c. These different groups perceived the world differently based on the practice in their families. Few individuals can suddenly decide to become something they were not exposed to in their formative years. Hence, it behooves homemakers and family heads to set the right atmosphere in their homes so that the young children will be able to get the right footing and perceive life rightly as they grow.
A united family helps strengthen your thinking abilities and enables you to stand out independently irrespective of popular opinion. It is a fact that some people live their lives based on “trends,” but these trends are not always right, and they might be detrimental to good living. Through the teachings acquired in united families, its members can become confident in their beliefs while showing respect to others with differing lifestyles and opinions.
- A united family teaches responsibility yet propagates a sense of belonging.
A sense of responsibility is the hallmark of maturity, and this is one of the results that can be gleaned from a united family. It is not enough to bring up children with all they ever desired and more. Children must be taught that every action taken has consequences, and only a united family can impact this truth. Therefore, in united families, the patriarch and matriarch of the family takes every opportunity to disclose the importance of core values like loyalty, truthfulness, discipline, forgiveness, hard work, compassion, trust e.t.c
And the younger ones follow their parents’ leadership in like manner, imbibing all they are taught and becoming fit for society. Eventually, the children brought up this way grow with a sense of responsibility, loyalty to family, and the idea that they belong to a disciplined family.
- A United Family is Peaceful and Progresses.
In a united family, there is the oneness of direction. The entire family works as a team to move forward; therefore, progress and feats of success come naturally to this type of family. A united family is also a haven of peace as everyone works together to ensure the home is free of friction and discord. In a united family, everyone plays their role, encouraging one another to be the best versions of themselves, and eventually, the home makes progress.
Imagine a family where everyone spurs the other to overcome their fears, to go all out in hard work irrespective of the results, e.t.c Nothing will be impossible to such a group they can overcome whatever they set their minds to.
A united family in Christ is a formidable force that even the devil trembles at; therefore, as much as you can go all out to invest in ways via which your family can Asher more to Christ and