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Six Traits of Strong Families. God’s Wisdom from Proverbs. Family Breakdown We continually hear of family breakdown in the world (11:29) Breakdown due to inner weakness Breakdown due to outward pressure God gives us the wisdom to build strong families (3:33; 12:7; 14:1,11). Strong Families.

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six traits of strong families

Six Traitsof Strong Families

God’s Wisdom from Proverbs

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Family Breakdown

  • We continually hear of family breakdown in the world (11:29)
    • Breakdown due to inner weakness
    • Breakdown due to outward pressure
  • God gives us the wisdom to build strong families (3:33; 12:7; 14:1,11)
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Strong Families

Strong Religious Faith in God

  • Strength comes from faith
  • Focus on God in the home (1:7; 9:10; 15:16)
    • Bible reading (2:1-5; 23:23,26)
    • Prayer (15:8,29)
    • Worship
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Strong Families

Strong Inward Character

  • Strength comes from application of God's word throughout age
  • A man of honorable character (20:29; 27:21; 29:3)
  • A woman of honorable character (11:16; 12:4; 19:13-14; 31:10ff)
  • A youthful honorable character (10:1; 13:1; 15:5,20; 28:7)
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Strong Families

Strong Love Within the Family

  • Strength comes from commitment
  • Love for one another’s welfare (10:12; 15:17; 30:23)
  • Avoid selfishness that destroys family life (12:15)
  • Give heart-felt appreciation, affection, and praise (4:3-4; 23:24-25; 25:11)
  • Avoid harsh / critical words that tear down (12:8; 15:4; 17:1; 21:9,19)
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Strong Families

Strong Love Within the Family

  • Cultivate good words that will build up (15:23; 18:13,20-21)
  • Angry words tear down (15:1-2,14,17,28)
  • Children loving parents (19:26; 20:20; 23:22-25; 30:11,17)
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Strong Families

Strong Discipline in the Home

  • Strength comes from training
  • Instructive discipline (3:11-12; 13:1; 15:5; 19:18; 22:6)
  • Corrective discipline (13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15,17)
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Strong Families

Strong Ties That Bind

  • Strength comes from spending enjoyable time together
  • Positive interaction builds bonds and ties (4:10-11; 5:15ff; 23:26)
  • Excessive business separates and suffocates family ties (27:8)
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Strong Families

Strong Defenses

  • Strength comes by building defenses
  • Righteous principles help us overcome life’s difficulties (24:10,16)
  • Spiritually healthy families pull together in times of crisis (4:18-19; 17:17)
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Six Traits of Strong Families

Faith

Character

Love

Discipline

Ties

Defenses

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Strong Families

  • God wrote the manual on strong families (24:3-4)
  • Let us build in ourselves and our children the strength it takes to make it to heaven!