Christianity teaches that family members have duties towards each other:
Respect your father and your mother.Exodus 20: 12
But if anyone does not take care of his relatives, especially the members of his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.1 Timothy 5: 8
Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do.Ephesians 6: 1
Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, bring them up with Christian discipline and instruction.Ephesians 6: 4
Christian love is sacrificial. Just as Jesus demonstrated by dying on the cross, parents and children are called to make sacrifices for each other. Family is the first place where children can find out about love, companionship and forgiveness. Parents can set children a good example of how to live a Christian life.
Families can play an important role in the community. They can provide support for other families, care for the elderly and adopt children. Responsibility towards elderly family members is especially important.
Christianity teaches that children should treat their parents with honour and respect. They should consider their parents' wishes and be obedient.
Many Christians believe that children are a gift from God, and that parents have responsibilities towards them that include: