For the past several weeks I have focused on the thought of Peace In The Home. I am building this topic around the Biblical passage found in Philippians 4:7. That great verse declares, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus". This Marital Moment will continue the study on Peace In The Home by examining this important thought: If you would have Peace In The Home, then you must Meet The Needs Of Your Family. In Philippians 4:16, Paul states that the Church at Philippi had been help-ful in meeting his needs. The Bible says that, "For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity". The Apostle Paul was lacking in finances. The Philippian Church had helped him on at least two occasions by their generous gifts. Paul is now thanking them for their thoughtfulness and kindness. This verse teaches us that everyone has needs. Also, it instructs us that no single individual can meet all his needs by himself. Everyone must have help occasionally to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs that arise in his or her life. The family is no different. There are needs that the husband, wife, and children have that are unique and special. Friends and extended family members can meet some of those needs but the responsibility lies mainly with the immediate family struc-ture. Husbands and wives are to meet the special needs of each other. You must always be attentive and available to your spouse in order to recognize and meet the needs of their life. These important needs must never be overlooked, delegated, or ignored. Unmet needs create frustration and division. The parents are to meet the needs of the children. You are to nurture them, love them, support them, comfort, teach, and discipline them. Mom and Dad need to spent both quality and quantity time with their children. Paul mentions an important word in Phil. 4:18. He uses the word "sacrifice" in describing the gift that they sent to him. Anytime we meet another's need it is a sacrifice on our part. It will cost us something. We must have a willingness to become involved and to do things that are difficult and perhaps out of our comfort zone. We must sacrifice our time, energy, and often our own needs in order to meet the needs of other family members. Whatever the cost, we must do all that we can to meet the needs of our husband / wife and children. Notice two tremendous truths associated with meeting needs. (1) Verse eighteen: It is, "Well pleasing unto God". God is happy when we meet the needs of those we love. (2) Verse nineteen: "God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus". You reap what you sow. Whenever you put the needs of others above yourself, you almost always get your needs met in return. Even if you don't, there is the simple reward and pleasure in helping someone along life's way. That makes the journey worth everything. Remember, if you would have Peace In The Home then you must Meet The Needs Of Your Family.
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