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In  this section  on  "How  To  Have  A  Happy  Home"  I  will  be  dealing  with "Involvement  In  The  Home".   A Happy Home  has Leadership,  Involvement, Security,  and Relationships.  Ephesians 5:25-27 gives us the foundational truth for this lesson.  Notice the Bible says, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it".  Christ  "gave" Himself  for the Church. He became involved  with the Church.  He sacrificed  for the Church.  He reached out to the Church.  He demonstrated  His  love  by His  involvement.  His involve-ment  had two awesome goals in mind: (1) to bring out the best in the Church, and (2) to prepare  the Church  for the future.  Therefore, your involvement will Bring Out The Best In Your Home.  Ephesians 5:26 states,  "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with  the washing  of water by the word".  Christ was  involved  with the Church  in order that  He might bring  out the  best in it.   Husbands and  wives do better where  there is active  involvement  with each other.  They should always be helping each other,  encouraging each other, talking to each other, and sharing with each  other.  The husband and wife should  share the  responsibilities  of the  home together.  This involvement promotes harmony in the marriage. It makes the home enjoyable.  It draws you closer to each other, and prevents loneliness, boredom,  ill will,  anger, and  bitterness.  Children without  parental  involvement tend to  fail in their own  lives.  They  get into  trouble more  often.  They are  poorly  motivated. They  make  poor  grades in school.  They become  school  dropouts. They exhibit anti-social behavior and often become juvenile delinquents.  Proverbs 29:15 states, "A  child  left  to himself  bringeth  his  mother  to  shame".   Parental involvement enables the  child to perform  to a higher standard.  Involvement shows  your love. Your  encouragement  provokes them  to bigger and  better  things.  Your  positive strokes, rather than negative ones, can make a tremendous difference in their lives. By your active involvement you can  teach and  train them to  accomplish the right goals  in life.  Not only will involvement Bring Our The Best In Your Home,  but it will also  Prepare Your  Home  For The Future.  Christ's involvement  with the Church had one awesome goal in mind.  In Ephesians 5:27 the  Bible states,  "That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such  thing;  but  that it  should be holy  and  without  blemish".   Christ wants  the Church to have a wonderful future.  Children that have grown up in a home where parents  involved  themselves in  their lives are  better equipped  to face tomorrow. They have  been taught love and  respect for others. They have  been encouraged, motivated,  disciplined,  and  blessed  by  the  involvement of  loving parents.  And most important,  the child has come  to know  the Lord by the  spiritual  training of Mom  and  Dad.  The husband and wife have greatly  benefited from their involve-ment  with each other.  When the  children  leave the  nest  they are  not strangers. Their  active  involvement  with  each other  down  through  the  years  pays  great dividends  in  the senior  days  of their lives.  They continue  to enjoy  each  others company.  They reap the benefits of companionship.  They are generally better off health wise with each other.  They are happier  than other couples who have failed to  spend time  together down through the years.  They tend to handle stress better with  each other.  And  they continue  to make plans,  set goals, and achieve  them where there is active and loving involvement in the marriage.   Remember, if  your home  is going to  be a  Happy Home  then you  must  have "Involvement In The Home".

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