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Make Your Family a Safe Haven

Make Your Family a Safe Haven

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““Having no natural affection.” With those sad words, the Bible describes many people of our time, a period called “the last days.” (2 Timothy 3:1, 3, 4) The epidemic of child abuse in the family furnishes vivid proof of the truth of that prophecy.”
““Having no natural affection.” With those sad words, the Bible describes many people of our time, a period called “the last days.” (2 Timothy 3:1, 3, 4) The epidemic of child abuse in the family furnishes vivid proof of the truth of that prophecy.”

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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.
 
 As the family head, the father is to take the lead in showing love. He understands that a Christian father is not given license to be a tyrant, abusing his power 
 
over his wife or children.Rather, he looks to Christ as his example in headship. (Ephesians 5:23,25
 
) So he is tenderand loving with his wife and patient and gentle with his children. Heloyally  
 
protects them andgives his all to prevent anything from happening that might rob them of their peace, theirinnocence, or their sense of trust and safety.Likewise, the wifeand mother has a role of vital importance anddignity 
 
. The Bible uses theprotective instincts of mothers in the animal kingdom to illustrate how protective Jehovahand Jesus can be. (Matthew 23:37
 
) 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,

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