The HomeBro. David Chancellor
6/17/2007 6:00 PM
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
It’s better to have a home with love, care and support than a big fancy house. Stuff isn’t what brings happiness. Love and companionship is what makes a house a home. Husbands and wives ought to enjoy time together. They should enjoy spending time together. A good home takes time invested in it. God places us in a community to be a light there.
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
"… keepers at home …" It is important that mothers be at home for their children. Being a keeper at home is more than housework. It means spending time at home together and enjoying each others company. It’s a place for social interaction. Take time to sit down and eat together. Talk to each other about your day. Being keepers at home is for both the men and the women. Both are needed for it to be a home. Your life is a testimony … is it for or against the gospel?
1 Timothy 5:13-14
Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents; for that is good and acceptable before God. Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
We should learn to work together and help each other out. A family that works together will benefit every family member. A home should be a place where people look out for each other. Family should work to help each other out. "And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully." This is why he told them to be keepers at home. It was to prevent these things. You can be busy or you can be a busybody. There is a difference. It isn’t good for a family to be idle. Do things with a purpose. Think ahead and prepare for the responsibilities.
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
This speaks of a proud man who doesn’t "keep at home." "Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:" This describes a life lived in idleness. Chasing entertainment won’t bring satisfaction. Family should be important to us. Having time to spend with family is important to do. Be there and be part of the team.
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
There’s nothing worse than destroying your own house.
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
If you don’t invest in a house, it’ll fall down. A home is the same way. Put your energies into being a family. For the home to stand, we have to put some effort in it. You have to put something into your family if you’d be a good witness for God. The family should be built around God.