I will walk with integrity of heart within my house… (Psalm 101:2b)
The idea of a family making a home in a house is in the Bible, and it has remained a core value of human civilization. A Christian home is a blessed thing, and it has the potential to bless the whole world. Examine your home today. What is good about your home? What is unholy about it? Even more so, examine your thoughts. How do they honor God? How are they filled with lust and pride?
The first sentence of this psalm of David, “I will sing of steadfast love and justice” (Psa. 101:1), describe the balance that should be in our hearts and in our homes. We are accepted by the grace of God through our faith, but we are to live holy lives before him. A Christian life and a Christian home should hold on to both of these values tightly.
A Christian home should be a place where Christ is honored first and foremost. The home should be the center of Christian love, Christian education, and Christian service. We should not have to leave our homes to have a spiritual experience, rather we should bring into them the love and grace of God. The home is our first place of worship, or prayer, of community, and of holiness. Let integrity be the character of your heart, your home, and especially your heart in your home.
There are some who are mere pretenders about their devotional life. They live like the devil, harbor impure thoughts in their hearts, and then read a verse of scripture at breakfast time. Somehow the hypocrisy of it all comes through to the children. It is better for a hypocrite to read a scripture than not to, but much of the power is taken out of it. How much better when the hearts of the parents are right with God, and then they lead the children in family worship.
Moses wrote, by the command of God:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
In other words, our faith is to be lived in our homes, and our homes are to be guarded from evil and evil influences. Love is to be shared, God’s truth is to be proclaimed, and peace is to be shared.
Have you brought into your home that which is unholy? Have you allowed the values and lusts of the world to take root in your home? Have you seen your home as a place where you can hide from God? Then repent of this wrong doing and foolishness. Rededicate your home, and you in your home, to God. No home is perfect all the time, but the Christian home puts forth the effort, as the Spirit enables them to, to consistently bring their family to Christ – holding on to grace and righteousness.
Let the grace of God cover the former sins, and let the love and justice of God frame the future of your home. Pray before you eat. Read the Word before you go to bed. Let unholiness not take root. Tear down the strongholds that Satan has constructed, and give your home afresh to God.
More important than the space of a house is the space in our hearts. Let the Holy Spirit take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).