14. Your Family Can Be Happy

14. Your Family Can Be Happy

1 JEHOVAH CREATED THE FAMILY

“For this reason I bend my knees to the Father, to whom every family in heaven and on earth owes its name.”—Ephesians 3:14, 15

How can your family be happy?

  • Genesis 1:26-28

    Jehovah created the first family.

  • Ephesians 5:1, 2

    The key to happy family life is imitating Jehovah and Jesus.

2 HOW TO BE A GOOD HUSBAND OR WIFE

“Each one of you must love his wife . . . The wife should have deep respect for her husband.”—Ephesians 5:33

How should a husband and wife treat each other?

  • Ephesians 5:22-29

    A husband is responsible for the family. He should love his wife, and she should support the decisions he makes.

  • Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 3:4

    They need to be kind and considerate to each other.

  • 1 Peter 3:1, 2, 7

    A husband and wife should honor and respect each other.

  • 1 Timothy 5:8; Titus 2:4, 5

    A husband should provide for his family. A wife should take good care of her household.

3 HOW TO BE A GOOD PARENT

“Do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and admonition of Jehovah.”—Ephesians 6:4

What responsibility do parents have?

  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 22:6

    You need to take the time to teach your children about Jehovah. Starting when they are very young, patiently help each one to become Jehovah’s friend.

  • 1 Peter 5:8

    Teach your children how they can avoid sexual abuse and other dangers.

  • Jeremiah 30:11; Hebrews 12:9-11

    You need to discipline your children but never in anger or with cruelty.

4 WHAT GOD EXPECTS FROM CHILDREN

“Children, be obedient to your parents.”—Ephesians 6:1

Children, why should you be obedient to your parents?

  • Proverbs 23:22-25; Colossians 3:20

    Your obedience will make Jehovah and your parents happy.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:33

    Find friends who love Jehovah. Then it will be easier for you to do what is right.