A friend reminded me recently that not everyone lives with peace in their home. Sometimes relationships are strained and can even be abusive at times. Let’s face it. None of us is perfect, and when left to our own devices, we can make the lives of others in our household miserable.
So, how do we get around that? How can we create a peaceful home?
My friend said it right. Our home is peaceful when the Holy Spirit resides there. What a great reminder! It really boils down to our decision to live faithfully according to our King Jesus and God’s Holy Word.
With Him as the heartbeat of our home, we will have peace there.
But, what do you do if not everyone in your home is a Christian? What if a family member is lost and doesn’t know the Lord – or care? How do we endure?
I’ve pondered this often since the discussion with my friend that day. You may feel at a loss. Do you feel you can control the environment at home only to the extent that you can control that lost soul? That was my first thought, too, which can’t be right.
I can see how that thought might leave you without hope. We serve the God of all hope. He doesn’t leave us hopeless. He is our hope!
When we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can block Satan’s influence in our home that spills from our lost loved one. No matter what they do, we can treat them with God’s love and kindness.
But, what if they don’t deserve love and kindness?
It’s not about deserving. We don’t deserve God’s love and kindness, either. He offers His grace – to those who love Him. So, can you offer grace to your loved one, as well?
It’s about compassion for the person who doesn’t know what we know…rather, Who we know. Until they know the Lord,
They just. don’t. know.
Nor do they understand where we’re coming from in our beliefs, our faith.
Here’s how to make a difference:
Yes, ask God to fix it. Continue asking. It’s not that He didn’t hear you the first time or that He’s stubborn and doesn’t want to answer your prayer or that He needs reminding. He answers his children who are faithful and who offer our earnest prayers. He hears our hearts crying out.
I’m not saying to repeat a rote prayer over and over again. I’m saying to repeat His promises back to Him in your prayers to show your faithfulness to Him and your faith in Him alone to answer your prayer.
While you pray for this each day, wait patiently at His feet. He knows you are waiting, and He will bless you in other ways while you wait. Through those other blessings, He’s communicating to you that He’s working, even when you can’t see it yet.
#2: Create a faith atmosphere.
This part is more for you than for the lost, but it can impact them, as well. God’s Word speaks through His music every day, even to the lost.
Play the music of God’s word in your home. It encourages you, and it fills your rooms with His love and peace.
His blessings to you for a peaceful home~