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Redefining family values

I use Scripture, not political agendas

Family values. It's a catchphrase we hear from political candidates and is frequently preceded by the words "good old-fashioned." We think we know what it means ... until we're asked for a definition.

But family values are more than an ingredient of a stump speech, even in an election year. They're foundational to how we shape our children's lives.

For my children, I find those values in Colossians 3:12-14: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other, and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

It's a tall order. But children at very early ages can both understand and live these values in concrete ways.


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