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"Harmony in the House"

July 1, 2006

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How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

The choir sang in beautiful four-part harmony. If just the sopranos or tenors had sung, they would have sounded good, but the four voices together enriched each other.

People in a home are like a choir. To live in harmony, they don't all have to be alike, look alike, or act alike. In fact, it is good when they are different and complete one another. Family members who live in harmony enjoy companionship. They share joys and sorrows.

A harmonious home life requires much effort. We must put up with others when they are irritable. God paid dearly to make our forgiveness possible. His perfect Son shed His blood for our faults. As He forgives us, we daily forgive one another.

It is wrong to dig up the past, to put other members of the family down, or especially to criticize them in public. We ought not make comparisons or take each other for granted. We are to thank and commend one another. Daily we need to turn to the Lord for strength to make harmony in the home a habit. Let us stick together and work together so that as a family we may walk in the way of the Lord.

PRAYER: God, our Father, let our home be a place where we may retreat and daily refuel for life's journey; in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Ecclesiastes 10-12    Acts 10:24-48

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