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What did Jesus teach about family values?

What did Jesus teach about family values? I know the Apostle Paul taught on that subject, but did Jesus?

It might be helpful to clarify what we mean by family values. Some use the term to describe family-friendly content that does not include sinful behavior like sex outside of marriage, drunkenness, foul language, or blasphemy. Jesus often addressed these types of behaviors. He spoke of marriage and divorce (Matt. 19:1–13). He taught that “what comes out of the mouth” (Matt. 15:10) defiles us and erodes the beauty of our fellowship with God. While Jesus didn’t create a checklist of do’s and don’ts, He did teach His followers to help the needy and outcasts of society. Encapsulating the core of His message, He said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Jesus valued family. He showed His Father’s tender heart by comparing it to the compassionate behavior of good earthly fathers (Matthew 7). He told parables about obedient and disobedient sons (Luke 15). His heart was moved by parents who asked Him to heal their children (Mark 5). He stressed the value of women, children, and “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40). And in the midst of unthinkable torture on the cross, He gave the care of His mother over to a friend and disciple (John 19:26–27). Perhaps the best family value He taught was that our Heavenly Father loves us and calls each of us His child (John 1:12).

BY Dr. Rosalie de Rosset

Dr. Rosalie de Rosset has been teaching at Moody Bible Institute in the Communications Department for over five decades. She is occasionally featured on Moody Radio. Rosalie is a published author, respected speaker, and talented writer. She lives on the northside of Chicago, a city she enjoys for its natural beauty and multi-faceted art offerings.

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