Unveiling The Secrets of A Successful Home (4)
Welcome to the time of encounter in the presence of the Lord. I have been teaching on Unveiling The Secret Of A Successful Home.
So far, I have discussed the foundation that you should lay for your home to be successful. The place of prayer and the Word of God in your home will bring success if you will follow the pattern that God laid down in His Word.
This week, I shall be discussing, God's Kind of Love for a Successful Home.
For any home to be successful, the unconditional love of God must be the order of the day. In the Biblical context, 1 Corinthians 13 gave a vivid picture of what love is. The passage says: Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 TLB)
There is no relationship where this kind of love exists that will not excel. I will examine few out of these attributes of love. I pray that God will give you the grace to live this life of love in your home.
Patience And Kind: This means that the kind of love that should exist in your home should be generous, helpful and caring about the feelings of others. You must have the ability to wait for your spouse to adjust, without fighting over issues.
Loyal: To be loyal means to be firm, not changing in your principle about your support in your relationship with your spouse. No situation or circumstances should shake your loyalty to your spouse. Disloyalty could be so painful that the Bible says: Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint (Proverb 25:19).
Forgiveness: Ephesians 4:32 says: Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ (TLB). Sometimes I think people interpret this verse by saying that we are to forgive people only when they are kind to us. But that's not what the Bible says. This scripture also doesn't say, "Forgive one another when the offence doesn't amount to much. But if people have done a lot against you, then it's okay to not forgive them." The verse doesn't read that way, but too many times that is the way people practise it.
How can we forgive the way God forgives? Well, the Bible says that God is love. The same kind of love that God is has been shed abroad in our heart, or spirit, by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
Optimist: This is someone who has the tendency to be hopeful and to emphasize the good part of a situation, rather than the bad part. Do you believe the best will come out of your spouse, even if the situation seems contrary now? Are you expecting the best from her? How often do you overlook the wrongs with the attitude that he/she does not mean to hurt you. Love expects the best and it gets the best. Your expectation will birth what will manifest in your home.
The Bible says: Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love …Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him (1John 4:8, 14). Before you can fully understand God's kind of love as described in the Word of God, you must be born again.
The right place to begin from is a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. If you want to start this relationship right now, you can please say this prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your blood. Deliver me from sin and satan, to serve the living God. I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom".
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus' Name!
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For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Making Marriage Work, Marriage Covenant, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).