That is what our homes should be – a place of comfort and a refuge from all we daily endure out in the sin-sick world.
Are you doing what it takes to make your home this?
The Bible tells us: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people.” Romans 12.18
Are you being a peacemaker?
Are you letting go of small grievances or annoyances so your home can be a comfort and refuge? A few days ago, I posted about how putting a tp roll on the ‘wrong’ way could be a point of contention. Don’t let it!
I Corinthians 13 has more to say about how we live our lives. If we apply the principles, our homes truly will be a place of comfort and retreat. After all, isn’t that what a refuge is? A place of protection, shelter, safety.*
I know that is what I want my home to be with those I share it with so I will do my best for them to see me giving my best to the ones who matter most – them!
Being the church and setting an example starts in the homes we make. Fill them with love, comfort, and peace. Then, they can become the place of refuge and retreat to refuel those who live inside the walls.
Take the time to savor the following words so you can apply them fully, seek forgiveness if need be, and use them to…
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
It does not demand its own way.
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13.1-13 NLT
Let your home be filled with all of the above and may our homes be places of comfort, peace, and love to refuel and retreat to – a true refuge of comfort: home. For any and every season, let your house become a…
Look back on these previous posts to learn more about how to love and communicate love with the ones you love:
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