“Worship the One who made the heaven and the earth.”
As you have learned in this brochure, the Bible contains many principles that will help you and your family. Jehovah wants you to be happy. He promises that if you put his worship first, “all these other things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) He really wants you to be his friend. Make use of every opportunity to cultivate your friendship with God. This is the greatest privilege a person can have.
1 STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JEHOVAH
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: “‘I will become a father to you, and you will become sons and daughters to me,’ says Jehovah.” (2 Corinthians 6:18) God wants you to become his close friend. Prayer is one way to do this. Jehovah invites you to “pray constantly.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) He is eager to hear your inner thoughts and concerns. (Philippians 4:6) When you pray with your family, they will see how real God is to you.
In addition to talking to God, you need to listen to him. You can do this by studying his Word and Bible-based publications. (Psalm 1:1, 2) Meditate on what you learn. (Psalm 77:11, 12) Listening to God also requires that you regularly attend Christian meetings.
Speaking to others about Jehovah is another important way to strengthen your relationship with him. The more you do this, the closer you will feel to him.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Set aside time every day to read the Bible and pray
As a family, give spiritual activities priority over entertainment and relaxation
2 ENJOY YOUR FAMILY WORSHIP
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.” (James 4:8) You need to schedule and follow through on a regular program of family worship. (Genesis 18:19) But more is needed. God must be part of your daily life. Strengthen your family’s relationship with God by speaking about him “when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7) Make it your goal to be like Joshua, who said: “As for me and my household, we will serve Jehovah.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Have a consistent training program that takes into account the needs of each member of your family
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Setting aside time to study the Bible together can improve your marriage.
The love Jesus showed is an example that husbands, wives, parents, and children can imitate. What do we learn from him?