Our Pastor as been preaching on “The Family and the Home” for the past month of January, with his last message being on communication in the home.
As I listened to Pastor’s message, a sense of gratefulness came over me while thinking of what a wonderful home I grew up in. Of course, our family wasn’t perfect by any means, and we did have our occasional spurts of misbehavior, arguing and complaining, etc. But for the most part, we enjoyed a pretty comfortable, happy home life.
I can recall many days returning home from school thinking how glad I was able to go to a home where I felt so loved, one in which there was peace, joy, and laughter. It truly was a happy place, and refuge from the often critical, cruel, condemning world.
Scripture Addressing Communication in the Home (From Pastor’s Message):
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Prov. 16:23 “The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.”
Prov. 12:18 “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health.”
Prov. 22:24 “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go.”
Questions for Application:
- Does the way we say things cause others to hear our words or be turned off?
- Do we speak the truth in love, and are we willing to hear the truth spoken in love?
- Do the words we speak in our home edify (build up) and minister grace to the hearer, or do they tear down and inflict hurt?
- Would our words be considered right communication or corrupt communication?
- Do we contribute in making our home a place of refuge and comfort, a place where the children find comfort, a place where the husband wants to come home to, a place where the wife would want to be, and a place of unity and not a place of disunity, discouragement and distraction?
Prayer: “O Give Us Homes”
O give us homes built firm upon the Saviour,
Where Christ is Head, and Counsellor and Guide;
Where ev’ry child is taught His love and favor
And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that tho’ his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!
O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho’ days be dark and grim.
O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master,
The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung;
Where prayer comes first in peace or in disaster,
And praise is natural speech to ev’ry tongue;
Where mountains move before a faith that’s vaster,
And Christ sufficient is for old and young.
O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be Thou the center of our least endeavor:
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.
That truly is our prayer for our home! Rick and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary next year, and you would think after 50 plus years of being together, we would have learned all there is to know about communicating with one another. Even though we are doing much better with this, we are always finding ourselves in need of improvement. We sincerely appreciate the instruction from the Word of God that we have received from our Pastor regarding communication in the home. Well Said, Pastor Roe!
You can find his message below:
Have a blessed day,