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The Happy Family

The Happy Family

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This classic Christian text is written by 17th-century Christian writer and preacher John Bunyan, the famous author of one of the most-read books of all time, Pilgrim's Progress. Bunyan here uses Bible verses to teach each member of the Christian family what his or her roles should be as God would desire. If you are searching for solid biblical advice on parenting, marriage and respect within families, read this essay.
This classic Christian text is written by 17th-century Christian writer and preacher John Bunyan, the famous author of one of the most-read books of all time, Pilgrim's Progress. Bunyan here uses Bible verses to teach each member of the Christian family what his or her roles should be as God would desire. If you are searching for solid biblical advice on parenting, marriage and respect within families, read this essay.

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Family Duty
 John Bunyan This version presented by VictoriaCarrington,Bible Moms Blog
Notes to readers, 2008: Classic writings likethis one are a treasure that may take a littletime to digest. Please print this document,hole punch it and place it in a binder forreading at your leisure with a highlighter andPost-its to mark parts of this essay that speak to you. Have your Bible handy so that you caneasily refer to the many Scripture passagesmentioned. Perhaps a commentary andconcordance would be useful and enhance theeffect of this writing on you. Most of all, beforeeach reading session, as God’s Holy Spirit tohelp you learn whatever you need to learn asyou read.“Family Duty” is divided into sectionscorresponding to roles within the family. Firstaddressed are the duties of fathers. Next, theduties of wives are reviewed. Finally, theduties of children are explained.A FATHER'S DUTY TO THE FAMILY IN GENERAL.
He that is the master of a family, he has, as underthat relation, a work to do for God; the right
 
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governing of his own family. And his work is twofold.
First 
, Touching the
spiritual state of it. Second,Touching the outward state of it.
 
First 
, As touching the
spiritual state of his family 
; heshould be very diligent and circumspect, doing hisutmost endeavor both to increase faith where it isbegun, and to begin it where it is not. For this reason,he should diligently and frequently lay before hishousehold such things of God, out of his word, as aresuitable for each particular. And let no man questionhis rule in the word of God for such a practice; for if the thing itself were but of good report, and a thingtending to civil honesty, it is within the compass andbounds even of nature itself, and should be done;much more things of a higher nature; besides, theapostle exhorts us to
'Whatsoever things are honest,whatsoever things are just, pure, lovely, and of good report, to think of them,' that is, to be mindful to dothem
(Phil 4:8). But to be conversant in this godlyexercise in our family, is very worthy of praise, and isvery fitting to all Christians. This is one of the thingsfor which God so highly commended his servantAbraham, and that with which his heart was so muchaffected by. I know Abraham, says God, 'I know him'to be a good man indeed, for 'he will command hischildren, and his household after him, and they shallkeep the way of the Lord' (Gen 18:19). This was athing also which good Joshua designed should be hispractice as long as he had a breathing time in thisworld. 'As for me,' says he, I 'and my household, wewill serve the Lord' (Josh 24:15).
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Further, we find also in the New Testament, that theyare looked upon as Christians of an inferior rank thathave not a due regard to this duty; yes, so inferior asnot fit to be chosen to any office in the church of God. A [bishop or] pastor must be one that rules wellhis own house, having his children in subjection withall gravity; For if a man know not how to rule his ownhouse, how shall he take care of the church of God?'The deacon' also, says he, must 'be the husband of one wife, ruling their children, and their own housewell' (1 Tim 3). Notice, the apostle seems to lay downthis much, that a man that governs his family well,has one qualification belonging to a pastor or deaconin the house of God, for he that knows not how torule his own house, how will he take care of thechurch of God? This, considered, gives us light intothe work of the master of a family, touching thegoverning of his house.1. A pastor must be sound and uncorrupt in hisdoctrine; and indeed so must the master of a family(Titus 1:9; Eph 6:4).2. A pastor should be apt to teach, to reprove, and toexhort; and so should the master of a family (1 Tim3:2; Deut 6:7).3. A pastor must himself be exemplary in faith andholiness; and so also should the master of a family (1 Tim 3:2-4; 4:12). 'I,' says David, 'will behave myself in a perfect way; I will walk in,' or before, 'my housewith a perfect heart' (Psa 101:2).
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