Characteristics of a Happy Christian Home

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Attributes
of a
Happy Home
Enjoy life with the woman whom you love
all the days of your fleeting life which God
has given you.
For this is your reward in life.
Ecclesiastes 9:9
Nature of Men & Women
War rages between flesh & spirit
Flesh
Gratification of Self
Love of the World
Lust of the flesh
Lust of the eye
Pride of life
Works of the flesh
Gal. 5:19-21
Spirit
Consideration of others
High moral values
Fears God
Loves others
Humble & Kind
Fruit of the Spirit
Gal. 5:22-23
Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the
desires Of the flesh. Gal. 5:16
Scenario use by
Ryan Morgan
A man comes home from work, after a long day and
walks in the front door.
His desires is to hug his wife
go for a peaceful walk in the park
enjoy a nice dinner with his 3 yr old son,
take a nice hot shower
read a good novel before going to bed.
However his wife begins yelling at him about how
poorly of a job he’s doing as her husband.
- He forgets to take out the garbage, clean up after
the dogs, mow the lawn.
- specifically how he NEVER gives her what she
needs.
The 3 year old son starts crying.
The Attributes of a Happy Family
The Fruit of the Spirit – Gal. 5:22 & 23
Love
Joy
Peace
Patience
Kindness
Goodness
Faithfulness
Gentleness
Self-Control
Applications
Love (Agape) Mat. 22:37-40
1st Love God with all your heart
2ND Love your neighbor as yourself
Must be “A hearer and doer of the Law”
James 1:22
How do you demonstrate your love to
God?
Your Spouse? And Children?
Your Neighbor?
Applications
Joy
Visible to your family and others
Originate in the heart
Greeting to one another
Praising God
Prayer
Singing
At Work
Applications
Peace
Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts
Colossians 3:15
How should you handle Confrontations with family members?
When you don’t get your way?
When accusations are made against you?
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word
stirs up anger. Proverb 15:1
Applications
- Love
- Goodness
- Kindness
- Gentleness
A Heart devoted to compassion for others
Requires interest, awareness, sympathy & effort
- Spouse and Children
- Those that we have opportunity to help
- Often requires our time and money
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted,
forgiving each other, just as God in Christ
also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32
Applications
Patience
 Have forbearance with others in love with
humility and gentleness – Eph. 4:2
 Don’t be anxious – Matt. 6:34
Learn to make do
Don’t over extend your financial obligations
 Strive to live each day with endurance-Heb 12:1
All things work together for good to those that
love God. – Rom :28
Applications
Faithfulness
Fidelity, Reliable, Trustworthy
Faithful to God
Marriage vows
Love and Honor – Better or Worst
Remain faithful until death
Keeping your word
Providing for your family
Applications
Self-Control
Mastering one’s desires & passions
(especially one’s sensual appetites)
- Stay away from things that tempt you to do evil
- Don’t get involved with ungodly people
- Refrain from sinning when you become angry
Consider the member of your earthly body as dead
to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and
greed. Col. 3:5
The mind set on the flesh is death, but the
mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:6
• Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the
body of this death? Answer: Jesus Christ our Lord!
Romans 7:24 -25
• When we are buried with Christ in baptism and raised to
walk in newness of life, we are no longer slaves to sin.
Romans 6:3 -6 (Paraphrased)
In reference to your former manner of life, lay aside the
old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the
lust of deceit, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
Ephesians 4:22 &23
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