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The importance of family is found in the Word of God

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IN GOD'S HOUSE

Many parents worry for their families, and especially for their children’s future. But the actual question would be, what is really being done for them?
We think that having a good job, a good house and a good car, providing them with food, buying them clothes and giving them an education so that they face the future on their own, means that we have accomplished our job as parents. But what about moral principles and, most importantly, what about God’s principles?
We have a lot of competition in our goal to achieve a successful family. There are many “enemies” that do not allow us to achieve the goals we have set for our family. Among those are the television, the computer, cellular devices, Internet games, etc.
I call them enemies because a lot of time is spent on these technological devices, and we have lost time spent together as a family playing games, taking trips, eating together or just having a simple conversation to know what personal problems or what difficulties each family member is going through.
We must come back to the creator of family in order to find harmony and have a successful family. We need to get close to God by reading His word. We need to pray. We need to be part of a church where they teach us what the Bible says, not just to be religious and go to church to please ourselves and our religiosity. Instead, we need to be part of a church where we have to live our lives according to the Word of God, a church that encourages us to live a life in sanctity, a new lifestyle.
Jesus says: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
This is how our Lord wants us to live — the true, happy, content, joyous life that seeks to please Him above all.
La familia es importante
Muchos padres se preocupan por su familia y especialmente por el futuro de sus hijos, pero la pregunta seria: ¿Qué estamos hacienda por ellos?
Claro nosotros pensamos que teniendo un buen trabajo, una buena casa, un buen carro, darles de comer, comprarles buena ropa y procurar darles una carrera profesional para que se enfrenten para el futuro de sus vidas, ya hemos cumplido la tarea como padres.
Pero, ¿que de los principios morales y de los principios de Dios? Tenemos mucha competencia para lograr formar una familia exitosa, ya que tenemos muchos enemigos que no hacen que logremos las metas que deseamos para nuestra familia, tenemos dentro de esos enemigos: la televisión, la computadora, los celulares, los juegos por Internet, etc.
Digo que son enemigos porque se pasa mucho tiempo en estos adelantos modernos, pero se ha perdido los juegos unidos entre todos en la familia, los paseos, el comer juntos, o simplemente conversar, para saber que problemas personales tenemos o en que dificultades estamos.
Tenemos que volver al creador de la familia para encontrar una armonía y tener una familia exitosa, necesitamos acercarnos más a Dios, leyendo su Palabra (La Biblia), necesitamos Orar, necesitamos ser parte de una iglesia donde nos enseñen lo que dice la Biblia, no solamente ser religioso y asistir a una iglesia para calmar nuestra religiosidad, sino una iglesia donde tengamos que vivir nuestras vidas de acuerdo a la Palabra de Dios, y vivamos bajo una santidad verdadera, vivir un nuevo estilo de vida como Dios manda en su Palabra, Jesús mismo dijo: “…Yo he venido para que tengan vida, y para que la tengan en abundancia” (Juan 10:10). Nuestro Señor eso es lo que quiere que vivamos todos vidas de verdad, alegres, contentos, gozosos, alejados de todo pecado y vidas que agraden a Dios sobre todas las cosas.

The Rev. Francisco V. Llerena is pastor of the First Hispanic Baptist Church in Carrollton, Ky.