I left off in my last post with the idea that the Christian home is one that is to be intentionally built up.  Proverbs 14:1 is a very challenging verse that I often think about: “The wise woman BUILDS HER HOUSE, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”  What does the Bible say, then, about what our homes should look like?  

First and foremost it must be built by God to have meaning.  Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain.”  We also learn in Matthew 7:24-27  that unless we build our homes on God as our foundation (house on the rock), they will not stand (house on sand).  The only way a house can be built this way is for all the decisions and actions to be “filtered through the grid of God’s Word” -as Pastor Bruce Ewing used to say.   If this is our blueprint for the house, then it only follows that Deuteronomy 6:6-9 will be true: ” These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  Our houses become a place of family Bible study and instruction- a place where the father teaches his children the ways of God (Proverbs 4:3-5).  What a beautiful dwelling this is!  It is no wonder, then, that the Bible says that the Lord blesses the home of the righteous (Proverbs 3:33).

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