Almighty, Omniscient God, there is none like you. You are a God of order and structure. Your plan for the family includes all of the members loving one another, and not in a worldly kind of love but as Christ loved. The verses cannot be taken separately out of context. Each family member counts, but the greatest is the Lord. Without Jesus as our family center, we stumbled and fell into chaos and conflict. Forgive us, Father, for not getting all the cogs to move smoothly and cooperatively in love and respect as you set forth. I lift families everywhere and pray for their unity in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will.

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord…Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” (Ephesians 5:22,25 6:1 ESV)