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Cultivate Values of Life and Peace, Not Death

From the beginning, the Lord guided the human being to escape from what causes death. But Eva decided to eat the forbidden fruit. And Adam chose to omit himself even though he knew that was not right according to what God had directed them to do. They acted contrary to life.

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Continuing the series The 10 Commandments of the Family, we will see in this post the 6th ordinance which is “You shall not murder”. The principle hasn’t changed, but we can make better choices. For that, we need to invest in values of life and peace for our families, rejecting any influence of death.

Unfortunately, this is not an easy task for parents. Movies, music, games and, in a way, even science have explored the theme of death as something attractive. Undoubtedly, the 2 main concepts that threaten the family and need to be radically rejected are abortion and homosexuality. See how they are linked to the root of death from the beginning.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Apostle Paul, letter to the Romans 8:5-6

Abortion

Death only entered the world after sin. The woman was deceived, and accepting the devil’s argument, she ate the forbidden fruit. From then on, death became a reality, as the Lord had already warned.

The only consequence that God directly reported to the woman was on pregnancy. The Creator warned women that they would have increased trouble in pregnancy and pain in giving birth. It would not be an easy process at all.

That is God’s decision. It is not up to us to argue, much less argue again with the devil (which manifests itself through science, the media, and influential people) about what the Lord has said. Abortion, even if it is legal, is a human response creating another bigger problem, with physical, and especially emotional, short, medium, and long-term damage. If you have questions about this, talk to a woman who has had an abortion.

The way we solve a problem, whatever it may be, is facing it with the grace that God always gives us. So train your children for the difficulties that life offers everyone. Do not teach them to escape reality or try to solve one problem by creating another. Abortion is not the solution that God offers, as it is contrary to life and in favor of death.

I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol;
I shall redeem them from Death.
O Death, where are your plagues?
O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

The Prophet Hosea 13:14

Homosexuality

The second widely held concept about society, and this has been going on for centuries, is homosexuality. Completely unsustainable arguments try to prove that there is genuine love, diversity and freedom in this practice.

But the truth is that homosexuality is totally contrary to the family because it opposes the natural way in which God established the beauty of the union between male and female for the reproduction of life. There are always violent and deceptive forces behind homosexual practice.

And another factor is that people who face difficulties with their sexuality identify the causes in the omission of their family members, especially the father figure. Childhood abuse has devastating consequences that can only be overcome with the grace of God through a healing process through healthy fatherhood.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,  nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Apostle Paul, letter to 1Corinthians 6:9-10

Just as Adam was omitted in the beginning and the consequence was death, boys and girls have been forced into a homosexual culture, contrary to life and family by the omission of their parents. I do not say this to accuse anyone, but to call your attention to ensure the safety of your children and train them to value what favors the continuity of life. God created male and female, and that is the only way your family will succeed.

The Power of Life and Death Is in Your Words

A bonus for completing this post: Remember that life and death are in the power of the tongue. What you say is what you will live. Jesus said that our mouth speaks of what the heart is full of. And the way you express yourself also strongly influences all your relationships. So select your words well and speak with grace so that life flows from your heart to everyone around you.

What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.   Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

King David, Psalm 34:12-24

Conclusion

The human being was not created to die, but to live forever. That is why our family needs to oppose any influence of death and to cultivate values of life, peace, and communion in our home. Parents need to take due care of the influences that enter their home, usually paid for by their own money, through films, music, games, and education. Invest in values of life and peace in your family. And the long-term result will be more life and peace in your home.

Prayer: God, thank you very much for the gift of life. You always give me the grace necessary to face life’s difficulties. So I ask your forgiveness for all the times that I tried my own solutions instead of going to You. Help me, Holy Spirit, to cultivate in my family values of life and peace, for your glory in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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