Devotional

Maintaining Family Peace – By David Ibiyeomie

Proverbs 24:3 (KJV) Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

For you to maintain family peace, you need to operate in wisdom.

Wisdom is knowing what to do and doing it. It is knowing what to do in a situation and doing it. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. Wisdom handles challenges. Joy in a family is as a result of the right application of wisdom.

In order to maintain and enjoy peace in your family, there are things that have to be done. Amongst them are:

Laying a foundation of peace – The foundation of lasting peace is the word of God. God instituted marriage and to enjoy peace in the family, there has to be a constant study of God’s word by everyone in the family. You must see God’s word as the final instruction in your family.

Hebrews 1:3a (KJV)  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,

Being conversant with your family members – You need to know the strengths and weaknesses of everyone in the family. Never work by assumption because it leads to destruction. Study your family members and focus on their strengths not their weaknesses. Never assume they know what you know. Maintain good communication link always for better understanding. As soon as you dictate a problem, ensure it is confronted and corrected.

1 Samuel 25:15 (KJV)  But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields:

‘Leaving’ your father and mother – Marriage is a covenant not a contract because covenants, unlike contracts, are breakable. Some people are married but still mentally and emotionally cleave to their parents. As a married woman or man, you should focus on building your own home with your spouse. Making unnecessary references to your parents in discussions or when issues arise with your spouse, signifies you haven’t left your father and mother. Until you leave your parents emotionally, you won’t enjoy peace in your marriage and family because your spouse and children will be forced to feel incompetent. Focus on building your family.

Genesis 2:24 (KJV)  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Avoiding wrong company – If you take counsel from a confusionist, your family will take destruction. A married person should not keep close relationship with single people because he or she will be influenced by the single’s lifestyle. Avoid wrong company if you want to enjoy lasting peace in your family.

1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV)  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

For a peaceful family, everyone in the family has a role to play. All hands should be on deck to enjoy peace in the home.

God bless you!

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