Today I will begin a new series on "Peace In The Home". Philippians 4:7 states, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus". Verse 9 continues this thought by stating that, "The God of peace shall be with you". These verses will be the bases for our thoughts on the important matter of peace in the home. Peace is a word that does not seem to fit in our modern world. Few institutions enjoy continual peace. How sad that so many people neither practice nor experience peace. Of all the places in the world that should have peace is the home. John 16:33 declares that, "In the world you shall have tribulation". In light of this Biblical truth, your home should be a castle into which you flee to escape the turmoil and pressure of the world. If your home does not have peace then both you and your home are miserable. Your home and your marriage must be an oasis in the desert of life. A clean spot in an otherwise dirty world. Home must be a place you enjoy coming to and a place you look forward to being because of the peace and quietness that is found there-in. Therefore, you must ask yourself this question: Do I have peace in my home?If not, why not? And if not today, then when will you enjoy peace? The world may be filled with trouble and tribulation but your home can be filled with love, peace, joy, kindness, and happiness. To have a home that is peaceful you must Put God First In Your Home. In Philippians 3:8 the writer states that, I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung (rubbish), that I might win Christ". Paul, the writer, made Christ number one in his life. Everything was garbage to him in comparison to the knowledge of Christ. A right relationship with Christ will produce peace in the heart, and peace in the heart will produce peace in the home. The "peace of God" comes as a result of having "peace with God". Peace with God can only come when one accepts Christ as His Savior. Romans 5:1 states, "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ". All sin is confessed and forsaken and prayer is offered unto God. The Bible is read, studied, and practiced in your life. When your heart is out of fellowship with God, your life is miserable. Nothing works right. Isaiah 48:22 boldly states that, "There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked". However, Isaiah 26:3 declares that, "Thou will keep him in per-fect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee". I do not think one would do damage to the word of God to briefly replace "him" with the word "home". God will keep the home in perfect peace. God will keep both the person and the home in peace when the individual and the home walk in obedience to His laws and precepts. The only way there can be Peace In The Home is for the members of that home to have both the peace of God and peace with God. Keep in mind that the peace of God does not exempt you from problems but it will provide peace in spite of the problems of life. Remember, if you would have Peace In The Home then you must Put God First In Your Home.
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