May you live to see your children’s children. Psalm 128:6
“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” So declared the poet Goethe.
Peace in the home cannot be bought. We can purchase comfortable furniture, wall-to-wall carpeting, and television sets, but peace is not obtainable in the marketplace at any price. There are no substitutes for the happiness that peace brings. Lustful pleasure is no replacement. Alcohol and drugs may be relaxing for awhile – they may take the users into a world of fantasy and dreams, but that is not peace.
Many who in anger, frustration, or false expectations leave home to look for peace elsewhere usually don’t find it. How many times has the sad experience of the Prodigal Son been repeated by young people today! The bright lights of the city, especially of its amusement area, spell out many words, but peace of mind and soul is not one of them.
Peace in the home – between husbands and wives, parents and children – is no accident. It is God’s gift to us, in keeping with the directives and promises of His Word. Those who do the will of God, honoring father and mother and loving one another, have found the road to peace. The willingness and ability to let God’s will prevail in all domestic relationships is not the result of some human philosophy but is a fruit of faith. Faith is the foundation of peace – faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who walked the way of the cross to effect reconciliation and peace with God for all humanity. Peace in the home is a piece of the peace we have with God.
PRAYER: Lord God, for Jesus’ sake, help us to forgive one another so that there may be peace in our homes. Amen.
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