Main Scriptures: Mark 6:33-35
More Scriptures: 2Chro.36:15, Ps.78:38, Matt.15:32
As the head of the family, you have been called of God to be a man of compassion first towards your wife and children, and by extension to the world. You cannot do anything meaningful to your wife and children and the dying world without compassion. Compassion is what inspires you to do to do good works. It is compassion that influences you to give your time and resources to a wife and children that do not deserve your love and care. Now look at the account of Jesus Christ, our example of how husbands should behave, in Mk.6. People followed Him from place to place in His evangelic work, just the same way your wife and children are following you. It got to a point that they people looked confused and helpless in the same way your child and wife appear. But rather than get frustrated with their attitude, he was moved with compassion and that inspired Him to teach them to become better people. And Jesus, when he came out saw much people, and was MOVED WITH COMPASSION TOWARD THEM, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd and he began to teach them many things. Mk.6:34.
You are the head of the family and the shepherd over your wife and children. They are your sheep. You must teach them with compassion. Your wife needs your help to be better. She wants to get out of that unhappy situation she is in. Your children are looking up to you for direction on what to do and not do concerning their relationships, academics, emotions, finances, and career. Their concerns will not be your concern if you do not have compassion towards them. But why is compassion a fundamental virtue for you as the spiritual leader of your family? It is very necessary because that is what connects you to the inner being of your wife and children. As you move to teach them with compassion in your heart, they begin to identify with you as their leader who can be relied upon. They will also be free to reveal their inner pains, anger and fears. And once that is established, your wife and children will follow you joyfully and delightsomely without any resistance. However, you must pray to the Holy Spirit to give you a heart of flesh filled with compassion. Pray remains your greatest weapon to becoming a godly husband to your wife and children. Secondly, you must exercise your faith because you cannot receive anything from God and the Holy Spirit without faith. So, if you want to be relevant to your wife and children as their head, be filled with righteous compassion.
· Father, by Your Spirit, make me useful to my wife and children and Your kingdom.
· Father, by the blood of Jesus, deliver me from careless attitude.
· Father, by the blood of Jesus, save me from the power and spirit of slothfulness as I lead my wife and children.
I am filled with compassion toward my wife and children because that is what makes me a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.