The wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.Proverbs 14:1
The wise woman builds, and the foolish woman tears down…with her own hands. Here we have before us a forewarning and an urging that the wise woman should take very seriously.
Friends, we have more influence over our households than we have possibly ever imagined. We must begin seeing, even mundane interactions, from a spiritual perspective and the eternal value they have and not just what our natural eyes reveal to us in the moment. More critical than decorating our home with furnishings, we will determine the tone with which our home is furnished. Are we building a home with a mood that is calm and peaceful? Are we constructing our house where the Word of God is taught? Are we establishing a home where people leave feeling encouraged after spending time there? We must be intentional if we desire specific results.
If the tone of our home is one of discord or if it has an atmosphere of agitation where our family feels uptight, and no one feels welcome, don’t lose heart – desire to change and begin asking the Lord for help. The change will always start with you, the builder, and it is never too late to remodel. The tone we set will either keep the walls sturdy or causes them to crack and eventually crash down around us. According to Solomon, we play an enormous role in whether our house stands or falls. Even though others have a part to play, we must be vigilant in the areas of our responsibility and stand firmly and confidently in the Lord.
Make an honest examination of your home. Are you filling it with love, instruction, peace, forgiveness, compassion, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control, and friendliness? Are you determined not to allow anything in your home that isn’t beneficial to those living there? A godly home will not always be stress-free, but if it’s built upon the firm foundation of Christ, you can be assured it will stand.
Our building blueprint will not profit us if it is worldly. We are not building by the world’s standards of perfection. Our pattern must be what God has set as the standard, and in Christ, it is absolutely achievable. Let’s be the kind of woman who builds and not the kind that tears down – starting now. You can do it. Prepare your hands for work, your mouth for prayer, and your heart for love. Let’s build some godly homes. Amen.
In His grace,
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