What story does your home say about your? If you agree that your home is an outward expression of your inner self. Then you can begin to evaluate your home and determine if it tells the story of who you wish to be. Most of us will agree that our home needs some work. Therefore, we must need to do some work on our inner selves before we can begin to design our home. In order to figure out what our inner self should look like I recommend going to the source. Who better to ask what we are supposed to be like than the one who designed us, marriage, children and our home relationships. Let’s see what the bible says about our home by design. Here are some scriptures that show us Gods plan for the home design.
Keep in step with the spirit
Jesus gives us a guide first to go by to keep ourselves in check in our daily lives. It is always a good idea to do a quick look over ourselves before we begin to point fingers at others in our home for causing chaos. The bible gives us a list of what walking in the flesh and ways to walk by the fruit of the spirit. Take some time to read Galatians 5:16-21
Here god is telling us that by not following his commands we will begin to follow the ways of the world in the flesh. In order to follow God’s plan, we must walk in the way of the spirit. The bible lists nine fruits of the spirit that we should try and demonstrate daily in our lives. Read Galatians 5:22-23.
Did you catch that last part of verse 23? Against such things there is no law. This means God gives us free will to decide to follow the ways of the world or to follow his plan. I am not sure about you but I know that stepped on my toes. I know I am not always filled with the fruit of the spirit. This is a daily struggle for me to work on.
Wives, Husbands & Children
The bible then shows us how we are to treat one another in marriage. Read Ephesians 5:22-33 In this scripture God is telling us that men need respect from their wives. Now does that mean that your husband will always deserve your respect. NO. However, God wants us to at all times show him respect. This outward showing of respect displays our character to others. This is a way that we can demonstrate grace to our husbands the same way God demonstrated it to us. Men are to demonstrate love to their wives in the same way. Women all desire to feel loved and God says that men who love their wives love themselves. He should care for her as he would himself. He should love her as God loves us. We are to work together as one body for Christ.
The role for children simply says that they should obey their parents. Read Ephesians 6:1-4 Obedience to parents is a fundamental part of preserving an orderly home. Children must obey their parents in order to learn self-discipline and grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Parents are to train and instruct their children in the ways of the Lord.
Defend you home with Armor
We now have instructions from God for our own lives, our marriage and our children. But be on guard as the devil walks around trying to devour us. God tell us to defend ourselves, marriage, children, faith, and our home with the Armor of God. Read Ephesians 5:10-20 How do you put on armor daily? By studying Gods words, living in obedience to the Lord, sharing the gospel, and trusting in Christ. Once we overcome temptation in the spiritual world we can then defend ourselves in the physical world.
These are not things that we can learn to accomplish overnight. Learning to walk by faith takes time and practice. So try not to feel overwhelmed God knows that we are not perfect and he knows we will fail daily. This is why he sent his son Jesus to die for our sins. He is a free gift of salvation by God’s grace. If we accept Jesus as our savior we are saved. It is through this admission of our sin and our asking for forgiveness that we are then given the gift of God’s grace, salvation and receive the gift of the holy spirit. Make it a daily exercise to work on trying to build your faith and live in the spirit so that we can design beautiful homes from our inner selves out into our homes.