Having no natural affection.” With those sad words, the Bible describes many people of our time, a period called “the last days.” (
) The epidemic of child abuse in the family furnishes vivid proof of the truth of that prophecy.”
A Family United by Love
Love,” the Bible tells us, “is aperfect bond of union.” (Colossians3:14) As described in the Bible, love is not simply a feeling. It is defined by the way itmotivates—by the conduct it prompts and the deeds it forbids. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) In thefamily, showing love means treating each member with dignity, respect, and kindness. Itmeans living in harmony with God’s view of each family member. God gives each one anhonorable and important role.
) A human mother should likewise be staunchly protectiveof her children. Lovingly, she is quick to put their safety and well-being ahead of her own. Theparents do not allow abuse of power, bullying, or intimidation to enter into their dealings witheach other or with their children; nor do they allow their children to use such tactics on oneanother. As each family member treats the others with respect and dignity, good communicationthrives. Granted, we live in a wicked world and not all abuse can be prevented. Even so a safehome can make a world of difference. If some member of the family is hurt outside the home,