THE CHRISTIAN HOME (2)
Peace and blessing in Jesus’ name! Last edition, I taught on the origin of a Christian home. Today, I want to show you the characteristics of a Christian home.
A family that is truly Christian is Christ-like, which means that its members will treat each other as each would like to be treated. The Word of God says: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12). While Jesus commanded this for all relationships, it certainly would have special bearing within a Christian family.
Every member of the family accepts Christ.
To each member of the family, the acceptance of Christ (being a Christian) will serve as a foundation on which the home is built. When I say a Christian home, it means a home where the people who dwell there are born again. That is, they have all accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Saviour.
Accepting Scriptural responsibility.
A Christian home is a home where all who reside there accept their scriptural responsibility. The Christian father should not provoke his children to wrath but should nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord. This charge was made by Apostle Paul to all Christian fathers in his letter to the Ephesians (Ephesians 6:4).The Christian son and daughter will obey their Parents in the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-3). Jesus reaffirmed the ancient law: “Honour thy father and thy mother.” He strongly rebuked those Scribes and Pharisees, who sought loopholes in the law and ways of avoiding it (Matthew 15:4).
Open honesty and integrity
A Christian home is a home where open honesty and integrity are practised, without hypocrisy; thereby, building complete confidence and trust. There is so much hypocrisy in the world, which also reflects in the actions of men. But, such is not found in a Christian home. It is very vital for you to know, therefore, that in a Christian home, there must be complete honesty on the part of parents with children and children with parents.
Hospitality is a willingness to share, with discernment, what God has given us, which include our families, homes, finances, and food. It is an attitude of stewardship, where we do not own anything because we are merely the caretaker as the real owner is God. He desires that we share His blessings and love in reverence and gratitude to Him. In relationships, it is honouring the boundaries of others, and sharing all we have without strings attached. (Matthew 25:34-43; Luke 10:30-37; Romans 12:13: 16:3-16; 1Timothy 5:10; Hebrews 13:1-3; 1 Peter 4:7-11; 3 John 5-8).
There is a catalyst that makes hospitality easy; it is called ‘brotherly love’. The Word of God says: Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality (Romans 12:10, 13). This is what makes you want to reach out to others and give them a helping hand. It is what makes you to share what you have with others.
Brotherly love can find expression through giving. It could be a cup of water, a meal, money, a warm smile, a listening ear, or whatever is within your reach to give. Don’t eat all your food and drink all your water alone. Remember that the liberal soul shall be made fat (Proverbs 11:25). Hospitality is not really in what is given, but in the way it is given. Philemon ensured that he refreshed the bowels of the saints; therefore he could be called a true brother (Philemon 7). As Christians, we are all brothers and sisters since we have the same Father; and except we relate with one another on the basis of love, we cannot please Him.
This was the strength of the first century Church. No one had a need because those who had eagerly distributed to others who had none; they had all things in common (Acts 2:44-45). As a result of this display of brotherly love, God’s power was evident in their midst. You must be ready to be sold out to hospitality in your home; it’s the path to God’s presence. You can make it a point of duty to bring great joy and consolation to members of the household of faith.
The grace to practice the characteristics listed above only comes from God. If, peradventure, you, the reader, is not born again and you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, then say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 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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