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Dear Reader,

Welcome to another time with God this month in this column. In this segment, I will be sharing with you Making Your House A Home

Making your house a home means you’ll discover how to turn your house into a home. There’s a well-known slogan which says, “No place like Home.” Yes, home is supposed to be a place of rest, refuge, peace, and pleasure. A place you can return to after a hard day’s work. A place you are eager to return to when you are tired, need comfort, or looking for people who care about you; who despite your little weaknesses due to imperfection of human flesh, still love, accept and appreciate you. A place where you are missed and your presence is received by a hug, a kiss or warm welcome. A place where your stomach can be treated well and you can find joy and laughter when sorrow paints the faces of others around you. A place where you can be secure and grow without unnecessary harassments.

The Scripture says: …Every house is builded by some man, but he that built all things is God (Hebrews 3:4).  Every house is builded by some man. We know and understand that physical buildings don’t just appear. Rather, a man who desires to build, sits down and decides what he wants to build, whether a house, shop or an office etc. Also, he decides the design of the building and lastly the necessary materials and steps to take in order to see his desire materialize. Likewise, every home and family must be built by someone. A home or family doesn’t just appear, no one dropped from heaven a full-grown adult with a family. Just like a man must sit down and plan how to go about building a physical house, so also anyone that wants to see his family and house become a home, must sit down spiritually. Why? Well, first of all your family is meant to be a spiritual house unto God (Hebrews 3:6). Therefore, to make your house a home:

First, determine what kind of building you want your home to be. Is it one noted for quarreling, fighting, problems or peace, for hatred or happiness? If you want a home, then, certain materials must be available and should be in place. Not all houses and families are homes, many are like hell itself. But for those who want to make their house a home the first thing to note is, He that built all things is God. This doesn’t mean God must build and if He doesn’t you can just fold your hands and keep watching things happening. No! What it means is that without Him backing you, you can’t succeed in whatever you want to do or build in your life.

The Lord Jesus said: …Without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5). So you need Him beside you for help and counsel as you build, to tell you what to do when no one else is around to help. He is the Contractor. He can instruct you best on what design and materials are needed for perfect results.

Secondly, one major material required in building and transforming your house into a home is LOVE. Not the type of love the world has to offer “if you love me then me too I love you” or the type involved in kissing and hugging today and then divorce and curses tomorrow.

This love I’m talking about is God’s love that He poured in your heart when you got born again (Romans 5:5). The type the Lord has for you and I. This love is not one-sided, it is all-encompassing.  It doesn’t fail but always produces results in your life and the life of others. Someone said, “LOVE IS WHAT MAKES A HOUSE A HOME.” This is very true! Everyone wants to be loved, in fact everyone needs love. Even the Lord showed this to be a healthy desire when He said: Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? (John 21:15). Jesus knew the importance of love and expression of love to one another, in order to grow and have healthy relationships. In examining this love, note that:

  1. a) Love is not love until it is expressed. God expressed His love for man by giving His most precious possession (John 3:16). Love needs to be expressed; you need to show some evidence of your love.
  2. b) You express your love not just by words but by action (giving). Giving somebody something precious is a way of expressing love. Make it a point of duty to love not only by saying it but by showing it. (James 2:15-16).

Having examined all this, your house can become a home where joy, laughter, excitement and peace are the order of the day.

However, you can’t love effectively without the Lord Jesus as your Lord. Remember, without Him you can do nothing; but if He is Lord in your life, I’d like you to know that you have more than enough grace to love and He will send help your way.

The grace you need to love is available with God when you surrender your life to Christ and be born again. If you want to give your life to Christ and be born again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins.  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! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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