Part of the “40 Thoughts of Jesus” series – start reading from #1 here…


The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things in the same way. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. John 5.19,20

A perfect family would function as the Divine Family – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In God’s Family, the Father is the example to the Son. Everything the Father does, He also shows and teaches the Son. There are no secrets. No trick under the sleeve. No motive for suspicions.

The Son, on His end, aiming to be like the Father, does everything He sees the Father do. He feels so loved and safe in the love of the Father that He decides to do nothing on His own. He trusts that the will of the Father will always be better than His own will. “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26.39)

The Holy Spirit fulfills the role of the Helper in every situation. His role in the Bible is the same one used to describe the role of the wife in the life of the husband — a “helper”.

In the human realm, evidently, no family is perfect. However, everyone should have the Divine Family as their model. Parents should seek to be an example to their children in everything. Teaching through their own example, they can better prepare their children for life. Children must follow the good example of their parents, respect them and honor them. Husbands must be good caretakers; wives, good helpers.

This kind of family is becoming rare to find because of the selfishness and the lack of God. But you may, by practicing the Thoughts of Jesus, build up your family in the image of the Divine Family — even if your family of origin has not been a good example to you.

Application: Since there is no perfect family, strive to fulfill your role towards everyone else in your family, even if they do not fulfill their own. Be the image of God in your house.

Where and how could you better fulfill your role in your family? If you do not live with family members, is there someone close to you who’s like family to you? Have you been treating this person well? In your shoes, how do you think that Jesus would treat your family members? Leave your comment.


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14 Responses to “Thought #20 — The model Family”

  1. Tracey-Ann Hibbert UK 3 years ago

    Family has been an area that really affected my faith at first. Always getting involved with the problems but were never solved, they kept getting worse.

    Nevertheless, Ive come to recognise that family members will always look to us as inspiration giving that we are good testimonies at home.

    Ive realised that Family comes before any success i may gain during my life time.

  2. YPI Ereland- Miriam 3 years ago

    Some years ago I heard a word in the church that made ​​me fear what is said to respect and obey their parents. Was told that if the person fails to obey and respect their parents he ve never going to get respect and obey God rather not see. Carry this word to me for years and now I see the fruits of it in my life.

  3. Oh yes that is strong message for me and my family, I will practice from now. “Praise the Holy Trinity!”

  4. Dear Bishop.

    Thanks for this thought. We must fit in the Divine Family, which is the Holy Trinity. So united that even if they are three, yet they are KNOWN as ONE.
    This very wonderful indeed; and strong!

  5. Bishop,my family are people that I cannot look up to because they are leaving a life far from God. But since I know the truth I want to take care of them by showing them the light since I am and have the light the God. I want to lead by example by putting into practice how my Lord wants me to leave. They are my family and I cannot despise them just because they don’t have God. I love them and I believe through me they are going to change. So I am looking upon Jesus regarding everything he is teaching me. (kimberley)

  6. Learned that, In order to understand the value of Family, we must go to the source of it, which is God. Nobody can love his family truly unless one love first God, which is the true source of Love.

  7. Denis-YPI Ireland 3 years ago

    This is true because there are some cases where the parents are poor examples for the children because they are not taking care of their family through the will of God but rather by tradition or culture. Parents then cannot be good examples to the children but instead the children have to be the examples and represent God in their house.

  8. Simone Williams -FL 3 years ago

    Good evening Bishop,

    This is great advise:

    Since there is no perfect family, strive to fulfill your role towards everyone else in your family, even if they do not fulfill their own. Be the image of God in your house.

    If everyone strive to do their part in the family instead of looking at others, that family will be be a BLESSING indeed!

    May the Lord Jesus help me to be a GREAT Wife/Mother/Assistant!

    Thank you.

  9. Gugulethu Makhanya 3 years ago

    I am a daughter to my father and mother and I am also a sisters and brother. I do not live with them but I think that I can always be better for them no only by praying for them everyday but in my talking to them more even though they are far from me.

  10. I have never really thought of the Trinity as a family or even related certain spritual things towards the modern day family. This thought has helped me to enlargen my vision.

  11. The best way for me is to behave in a good way to show them how to live as a child of God.

  12. Thamani Isaac 3 years ago

    The relationship I have with my family , how I treat them is a mirror of my relationship with God. If I can’t be faithful and love my wife for example ,whom I see I will never be able to truly love God.
    In order for me to win them to The Lord Jesus I must be the image of God in my family.

  13. Grazi Lima- UK 3 years ago

    One of the verses from the Word that marked my Encounter with God was exactly this one “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26.39) There I understood Jesus was fighting against something inside of Him, the human nature, and for us to be an example to others, I believe that’s the secret, “we must always have this pain of hurting our nature”, always sacrificing.

  14. Jo Oliveira 3 years ago

    A family ready to follow this example God gave to us, will always
    be blessed and remain united as one, just like the Holy Trinity.