Today's Marital Moment will focus on this important truth: If you would have Peace In The Home, then you must Surround Your Home With Good And Godly Influences. Let's look once again at our text verse for these lessons. Philippians 4:7 states, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus". I don't know about you but peace is very important both to me and to my home. Philippians 4:8 gives us our thought for today when it says, "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, what-soever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise think on these things". The Bible knows an extremely important truth: The things you allow in your life influences the way you think in your heart. The way you think influences the things you do. And the things you do influences others. If you put garbage in your heart then you get garbage back out of it. If you put good things in your mind and heart then you get good things in return. The things we allow in out heart and life deeply influence the home and everyone in it. Therefore it is of primary importance that we put good and godly things in our heart so that we can in turn put excellent things in our homes. Your home will never rise any higher than the content of your heart. If your heart is filled with sinful and lustful thoughts then your home will be influenced by these terrible thoughts. If you think on whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report then your home will reap the benefits of an awesome and wholesome life-style. Even if you are the only one thinking and acting upon these thoughts then your home will be improved and blessed. It would be far better for all members of the family to practice godly living, but if not, then you must do your best to promote these things in your heart and home. You must constantly ask yourself some simple yet profound questions: Does this action build up my home or destroy my home? Does this encourage my walk with Christ or discourage it? Am I better for doing this or worse for doing this? Does this honor Christ or Satan? Do the TV programs help or hurt my family? Ask the same questions about the movies you see, the Internet you surf, the magazines and books you read. Perhaps you need to control or curtail some of the programs and movies you watch. Reduce the amount of time you spend on the computer and guard carefully the sites you visit on the Internet. You may need to cancel your subscription to some magazines that are not conducive to Christian living. However, it is not enough just to get rid of the wrong things, you must replace them with good and godly influences. You need to place good and wholesome things both in your life and before your family. By all means read the Bible daily. Meditate upon it at all times. Also, place good books and magazines in your home and encourage your family to read them. Along with these things you can add good music, good entertainment, and good movies. You can control the influences of people by the company you keep. Choose good friends. Godly people who will encourage your walk with Christ. Never let anyone lead you astray from God by their ungodly life-style. Remember, if you would have Peace In The Home then you must Surround Your Home With Good and Godly Influences.
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