Thursday, July 7, 2011

ATTITUDE AT HOME Friday 8 July

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” (Prov. 14:1)

READ: Prov. 31:25-29

Your attitude towards your home will show whether you are wise or not. Proverbs 14:1 says, “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands”.This does not restrict the building of the home to only the woman, as inputs from the man are equally required. What is important here is the attitude of the couple. Anytime you do anything that works against the interest of your family, you are pulling it down. A wise woman invests her time, money, efforts in building up her husband, children and herself. One way you can build up your partner or home is by your words. In Proverbs 31:26, the language of the virtuous woman is full of wisdom and kindness. A woman who combines these whenever she speaks to her husband or children, would earn their respect, support and praise. The way some sisters shout at their children, you would take their residence for a mad house. If you call your children names such as dog, goat, or insane fellow, you are pulling down your house. It is only a foolish man or woman who would call his or her spouse or children anything less than what God calls them. How are you building your home?

Appreciation and commendation are part of the building blocks for the average home. Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her”. In the house of the wise, you do not hear swearing and cursing. What you hear are words of blessings. When your wife cooks and sets the table, do you remember to say: ‘Thank you for this lovely meal?’ A simple word of appreciation, go a long way in building your family. Truth must not be compromised. It is only a foolish individual who feeds his or her spouse with lies. By the time the truth exposed, there may be serious crisis. Anything that does not contribute to the well being of your family must be avoided. In order to build together, a couple must put aside their differences, and work for their common good. By your attitude towards your wife, husband or children, are you building up or pulling down? The virtues in the virtuous woman are worth emulating by modern women.


ACTION POINT:
List 20 things you can do to make your spouse and children happy. Go ahead and do them.

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