Peace on Earth Day 18 – A Peace-filled Home
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27, ESV)
Is there anything more stressful than being in a home that’s filled with noise, tension and chaos? A home that’s messy, disorganized, loud and tense is not a place that brings comfort and peace. And yet we often contribute to a poor home atmosphere with our moodiness, impatience, and irritability. In contrast, in a peace-filled home we can find rest, comfort and feel rejuvenated from the stress of the world. But how can we create this welcoming atmosphere?
For starters, though it might be clean, warm and inviting, a peace-filled home goes much deeper than that. It has far more to do with our attitude and how we treat others than aesthetics. And how we treat our family members says a lot about who we really are, since home is a place where we reveal our true identities. So, for a believer, the peace we have through Christ should transform the atmosphere of our homes. That peace should override the chaos that grows from the pressure of living in a broken world. But that often isn’t the case, and we must ask ourselves why.
Stress can get to us. It sure can get to me; it can follow me right smack into my home and unsettle the calmness that usually prevails there. Finding a way to manage our stress is a great place to start when trying to create a harmonious and peaceful home. That may look differently from one person to the next, but as you pray for direction in this, the Lord will surely lead you to find ways to lift the stress and replace it with His assuring Presence. We must be committed to managing our stress so that our home environment is the best it can possibly be.
Your home may have some members that are without Christ, and that can present its own host of complications. But as Christ followers, we want to do everything we can to live peaceably among others. This should start in our homes. If I’m contributing to my home’s disharmony, then I have a problem that needs resolving.
Holidays add their own measure of chaos, but we can put gentle and calming practices into place so that while we are here—home—we can find true comfort and joy within its walls. With Christ at its center, the home should be a place of respite and comfort.