TIP 2. LOVE AND BE COMMITTED TO YOUR WIFE
There is no doubt that a large proportion of successful 'Parenting' revolves around creating a home environment that is secure and lasting. One of the most important elements required in developing this type of home environment, is having a solid foundation in your relationship and commitment to your children's mother.
The security of knowing that mum and dad love each other can settle many childhood fears and anxieties, and release a peace into a child's heart that imparts confidence and self esteem. Many children from broken homes lack this peace and confidence, and are disadvantaged greatly in life. Whether you are raising boys or raising girls a stable and loving home environment is crucial if we are to succeed as a family.
The statistics on marriage these days are merely a reflection of the lost values in our society, and no matter what anyone may try to tell you, a child needs the love of both parents constantly to mature intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
The Bible teaches that marriage is for life, not just when it is convenient or feels good. A wise man once told me that in marriage " Your Commitment Will Keep Your Love, Love Will Not Keep Your Commitment" Christian marriage is a covenant or solemn vow between a man and a woman to love and to cherish each other, to give their lives for each other until they are parted by death.
All other physical relationships are like a house that is built upon sand, eventually it will come crashing down. Within Christian marriage, where there is an abundance of love and mutual respect and honour, children prosper and grow to be the best they can be.
Because of the hardness of our human hearts many of us choose what seems 'the easy way out', and get a divorce rather than humble ourselves and work through the problems that every couple faces. The grass is not greener on the other side, and unfortunately it is often the children that suffer the most from divorce.
Dads' Call To Action:
Renew your commitment to your wife daily. Confess privately " I love and am committed to my wife, and I'm in love with my wife!"
(Ephesians 4: 2-3)
...with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.