Being the Spiritual Leader of Your Family

What does it mean for a man to lead his family spiritually?

“God intended for marriage to represent the covenant love between Christ and his bride, the church. He states, the submission that a woman offers to her husband is done so freely at the bidding of her Lord Jesus and a husband should have a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, to protect, and to provide for his wife. Further, husbands should feel a special responsibility to lead the family in a pattern of prayer and Bible reading and worship.” Comments from John Piper, Desiring God

What kinds of qualities are required in a husband who desires to fulfill this high and holy calling?

  1. He must realize that he can lead effectively only if he maintains an intimate relationship with the Lord.

  2. He must be balanced in his time commitments, allowing time for the mental and emotional needs of each family member.

  3. He must be proactive regarding the welfare of his wife and children by developing workable solutions to problems.

  4. And he must be characterized by integrity, his loyalty to Jesus and the most respected man his family has ever known.

Let’s plead with Jesus to help us live as He did by being totally dependent upon the Father!

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