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HUSBANDS, PREACH THE KINGDOM

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Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching  the gospel of the kingdom of God. Mk.1:14. As the head of the family, it is important for you to appreciate the place of the kingdom of God in your family.Many husbands, who are in ministry or in one form of service in the kingdom of God, are not preaching the kingdom of God. Instead, they are preaching their personality, wealth, fame and fortune. The kingdom that you represent is the kingdom of God. Your family is the principal expression of the kind of life God operates in the kingdom above-peace, joy, victory, strength and progress, righteousness. Your home should reflect  God’s kingdom. Your life and that of your wife and children should reflect the kingdom of God. You are the spiritual head of the family and as a follower of the Great Husband, Jesus Christ, it is in your power to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God. What this means is that the responsibility to bring the kingdom of God to bear in your fold rests with you, hence you must do everything as you have been empowered by grace to be a leading light to your wife and children. No wonder Jesus prayed this prayer in Matt.6:10 thus, thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. There is a kingdom and a will that God desires to see in your relationship with your wife and your children. There is a sweet harmony between God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That is what happens in the kingdom above. The question you should ask yourself as the shepherd is this, is there harmony between you, your wife and your children? But how do I preach the gospel of the kingdom of God? First, as the head of the family and the person whom God has handed over the baton of leadership to in your fold, you preach the kingdom of God by the words of your mouth. Now if you look at the approaches of Jesus to those of His followers that failed Him, the words that came out of His mouth reflected compassion, mercy and forgiveness. Does your word convey condemnation or compassion towards your wife and children? Secondly, through your conduct. This has to do with your attitude. Are you hospitable to your wife and children? Do you give to them your time, resources and life? Are you sincere to your wife and children in all things? These are characteristics of the kingdom which must be preached in your home. However, you may want to ask, why must I be the person to preach this kingdom message? It is you, because, you are the head of the family, pastor and head priest of your home. And as the pastor of the family, your wife and children are your first congregation so they need the message of the kingdom. Preach it! 


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