Love & Relationships

Bible Verses About Family: Problems, Blessings, and Strengths

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June 15, 2021

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Summary

Families often have ways of unifying themselves.

In southeast Asia, it’s common for families to write a family motto or a principle on a wall that all members adhere to.

Similarly, in Christian families, Bible verses are a great foundation to bring everyone together under God. 

Studying Bible verses about family is a wonderful way to draw strength and honor God. It is also a great way to learn about the importance of family.

Let’s take a look at some significant family Bible verses, as well as what God says about the family through His word. 

What does God say about family?

The family is the heart of God’s message for His children to be happy. Throughout the Bible, God places great importance on both family and marriage. 

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The instructions of the Lord on marriage and family are clear. In Mark 10:6-9, Jesus states: 

“But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 

Through this scripture, Jesus places significance on the union through marriage, which creates a family. 

The scriptures even depict His family. God blesses Jesus with a family from the line of David with a mother and father who are the very epitomes of Christian virtue. 

First family

God is invested in the happiness of His children, as seen in the Old Testament. When Adam is alone in the garden of Eden, God says in Genesis 2:18:

“It is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helper as his partner.”

And so He created Eve and commanded the couple to be fruitful and multiply. He knew Adam needed companionship and the love of a family. Out of pure love for His son, God proceeded to supply Adam with a family.

Trinitarian family

The Holy Trinity depicts that very same family love. The Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is indivisible, and Jesus pleads for our families to be just so.

Before His agonizing journey to Calvary, Jesus makes this prayer:

“I ask not only on behalf of these but also on behalf of those who will believe in me, through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us.” 

We have to be one — one family, one body, and one in the Lord Jesus. We start this by becoming one with our individual family.

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Bible verses about family

The Bible is filled with families and the Lord's love for them. It shows families of all kinds, and it has many tragic stories about families and the devastating effects of sin.

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Adam’s son Cain killed his brother. Abraham gives in to his concubine. David commits adultery. Joseph’s brothers are jealous of him and secretly sell him. And this is all in Jesus’ family tree.

Yet from the shoot of Jesse comes the Messiah. A savior emerges from the line of David and Levi. And God shows us what one good family can do.

No matter our family’s past, we can create a beautiful, Christ-like family as Jesus did.

With Jesus, we can build good families. Jesus’s own family survives rejection, immigration, poverty, and genocide thanks to the protection from God. Our families can persevere through our own trials with His help. 

Bible verses about family structure

These verses about family speak about Christian households and how to treat your family members.

“Wives be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. Fathers do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart” (Colossians 3:18-21).

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:25)

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children” (Proverbs 17:6).

Bible verses about family problems

Many families depicted in the Bible encounter struggles but persevere to follow God anyway. Joshua is an example of this.

At the close of the book of Joshua, when he senses death approaching, Joshua gathers all the tribes of Israel.

It’s a time of transition and pain where the people could revert to their idols. But Joshua reminds them that despite the struggles they face, he and his family will continue to serve God.

Joshua 24:15:

“Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve… but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

During times of distress, your family should turn to the word of God and daily prayer no matter what the circumstances. God doesn’t promise an easy life, but He promises His continual presence.

Whatever the needs of their loved ones — Job’s loss, the Syrophoenician woman’s daughter, Peter’s mother-in-law — these Biblical figures all turned to Jesus and we should too.

Bible verses about blessings for the family

Like many of his mother's teachings, Solomon speaks on the family in Psalm 128:

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord…. May you live to see your children’s children peace be on Israel.”

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The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 speak of honoring parents. The proverbs are full of blessings for the family and family relationship that live in virtue and obedience to the Lord.

Bible verses about family strength

When the storms come, and you need strength, turn to the following scriptures and pray with your family.

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

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Take care of your family through scripture

At the heart of it all, the Christian family is a mini church. It must resemble the Trinitarian love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The children of God must also form the cornerstone of God’s church. What better way to do so than to do it based on scripture?

Family Bible verses are powerful promises to use in prayer, as Jesus Christ Himself taught us. 

God’s love is without bounds, and through the instruction of the Lord found in scripture, we can feel that love and share it with a family member. He will provide us with everlasting peace that no one else but He can give.

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