God’s peace and presence

July 6th, 2008

A friend of mine was over the other day and he commented on how you can feel God’s peace and presence in our home. This got me thinking about what we do that makes our house feel that way to people who come in to it.

Here are some of the things we do and try not to do.

  • We play worship music during the day and worship God as we go about things.
  • We pray a lot in our home. This is during our personal quiet times, as a family and for each other.
  • We openly read and study the Bible.
  • We invite God to be a part of our home life and we expect Him to come and be with us.
  • We try to honour God in all we say. This includes in how we speak to each other and how we speak about others.
  • We filter what comes into our home via the TV. We try to think that if it is not suitable for our kids to watch or listen to then we shouldn’t either.
  • We don’t watch or listen to anything that contains supernatural themes, adult themes or violence.
  • We don’t watch or listen to things where people on the show has overly coarse or offensive language.
  • We don’t watch or listen to things where people have bad attitudes towards others or themselves.

I guess in many ways we just try to honour God and allow Him to reign in our home. We also try to filter out as much as we can that is not beneficial for us or honouring to God.

As the Bible says in Phillipians 4:7-9, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you”.