The home is supposed to be a place of soothing refuge from the world. However, in many homes there is very little peace. Rather, there is unrest. When we lose the home as a locale of quiet, calm and retreat there is nowhere to go that can take the place of the home.
The question arises, "Why isn't the home a place of tranquility?" The answer is a simple one. The home that is less than a place of tranquility is a home that is not based on the biblical model. When a home is founded on the biblical model, the home is peaceful.
First, the wife needs to respect and be in subjection to her husband (Ephesians 5:24, 33). Second, the husband needs to love his wife (Ephesians 5:23, 33). Third, the children need to be in subjection to their parents (Ephesians 6:I). That does not mean the home will be constantly at rest. Failures of health, difficulties carried home from work, financial stress and a host of other things can upset a home. However, if the home is biblically-based, the home is able to withstand these outside pressures and return to a place of calm. The home can endure stress and stabilize if the biblical foundation is in place.
Knowing what to do is easier than doing it. However, it is impossible to become a bible-based home if the occupants do not know what a bible-based home is supposed to be. Step one is to know what to do. Step two is to make up your mind that you are going to do what you know you are supposed to do. No excuses. Step three is to do it. When you are at step three, God will intervene to make it happen! Success will not be automatic, but over time, success will replace automatic failure.
Rev. Joda Collins
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