For many men can love, have joy, peace, suffer for a period of time and be gentle. Yet it will be goodness that shows where a mans faith is. For goodness is the fruit before faith. And without faith, the heat of the sun will destroy the shallow rooted man. Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
For without faith a man cannot have a godly vision for his home. And this is why so many homes today are perishing.
Yet it is the hidden things within man who keep him to the ways of God or the world. For as the tree grows good fruit or evil, so the man shows his fruit to be good or evil.
The word good denotes many things in the Bible and these things should be found in a man and his home.
Goodness; Goodness Within The Home
We judge the ground to be good and fruitful or full of weeds. So we should judge the fruit of a mans home to be good and fruitful or not. Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
What brings forth good fruit within a mans home? First the soil must be cultivated by the spiritual works of the husband and wife. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
It is true that no home can stand that is divided and it is also true that no home will spiritually grow that does not remove the stones from within its heart. It is critical that the greatest things that the husband and wife look forward to are things that are incorruptible.
How is this shown, by this measure; If the husband and wife look to the entertainments of this world to appease the home or if they seek the ways of God by staying home with their children. (This does not mean to watch T.V and call it quality time.)
Yes, what a man does with his time, is what he loves
By placing the sound of the hymns, prayers and the Word of God within your home, I will guarantee that there will be a change within the hearts of that home. Their will be some trying times within the home. When the tides change from worldliness to purity.
The fruit of the spirit will not always please the home, but will always give more to the home. For is it pleasing to the soul to stand for God all the time? Do we love rejection? Or will sorrow be our friend on many occasions?
Yet we will grow, for it is better to suffer for good than evil. 1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil doing.
Goodness; The Fruit Of This World
On the other hand the fruits of this world also give, yet is it not for a fleeting moment. Entertainment withers quicker than a thought, sports will carry a man’s mind to forsake his own family and the movie’s of this age will make a man break every commandment of God in a second. Yet worse, the world steals a man’s money and time. And in the end he is spiritually broke and under the whip to work harder, that he may have more of nothing.
Yet my good friend, the fruit of the spirit will give a man and his house power from on high. 1 Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
Goodness; To Pull Weeds and Plant Seed
It is one thing to pull the weeds of this world from the home. It is another to pull weeds and to plant the good seed’s of God within it.
Yet let us not forget that the goodness of God is protected by he who leads the home by faith and not by law. For many homes are orderly but have not felt the sunshine and showers of spring upon their roofs.
One of the simplest things a man can do to protect his home is let those that live around him know who he is by the way he lives. And non-participation with the world is one of the greatest witnesses to a wicked world.
Your greatest witness to this wicked world will be your stance against it, by living pure. Not by compromising everything in the Word of God to try to win a soul.
This does not mean that one does not wave to his neighbor, it means that he does not mingle with that neighbor to the point that he is being witnessed to by the world. I will give you one great example of this. You can’t witness to a man who is watching the television, Why? Because he is being apprehended by his god. Yes, a godly man will not have a television within a thousand yards from his home.
Another way is dress. My wife wears a head covering our children dress godly and by our dress we have an impact on our surroundings. The dress of your household will stop sin from this world interning into your living room. like a filter keeps the oil clean in your car.
I have only mentioned to act godly, not have a television and to dress godly and look at the chaos that I have caused. I would be better received within the walls of the local church trying to convince them that homosexuality, drugs and swearing like a drunken sailor are acceptable to God. (That is the one’s that still believe that these things are evil.)
Goodness; Protecting Your Home From Evil
Plant the seeds of God within your soul. and you shall be transformed from the love of this world. Therefore you will have the goodness of God feeding you from within.
What is the end result of this, a greater commitment to God. Men be men, stand and be filled with courage. Amen
Give great value to your God, wife, children and home.
To bring forth good fruit within the walls of a home, first a wall must be built around the home. Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
We all believe in protecting our homes, with locks, security systems and dogs. But I speak of a greater hedge of protection that holy men value more than a thousand camels. Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
A spiritual boundary must be established around one’s life and home. So that the tree of life may abound within the man and home.
Without being good in the moral sense; one cannot be pleasing to our Lord. For was not Joseph the husband of Mary a just man? Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
Was not his house picked above all houses to raise the Son of God? Should we not strive to set our houses apart from the ways of the world, so that God would show us favor? For riches in the balances of God are a light thing, compared to love, peace and joy within a home.
I speak of the favor that comes from above by thinking upon the things that are from above. James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
If you desire goodness within the walls of your home you will find it, during worship, prayer and Bible time in the home. In the garden, walking with your children, playing with them, eating at home and helping Mother with work.
You will not find the goodness of God by being served by others. That is why there are so many sad people who go out to the world looking for happiness.
A great measuring rod for Goodness within a home is this; If a division arises in the home, how quick will that division be done away with?
Goodness; To establish Goodness Within The Home
Listen my friends, if a house does not cleave to that which is good it will fall for that which is evil. Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Good will be established within the home, when the fruits of the spirit that come before goodness are well established. I will make this point; ask any couple who has been married for thirty years if there has been any tragedy, lean-years or hard-ships in their marriage.
We all know the answer, the difference was when long-suffering hit, their love, joy, and peace made them more gentle towards one another. Therefore the end result was that goodness within their lives just became greater. (The root grew deeper.)
It is a homes commitment to the things that are of God that make it a good home in the sight of God. The home that sings the hymns, prays and has the Word established within it well do much better through the storms of life.
Yet to be prepared for the storms of life, so that the goodness of God may be the end result of an argument, sorrowful event, death, or for the use of encouragement during those spiritual droughts that come upon the home. One must take many steps that failure may not be the end result.
Goodness; To Avoid Failure
Success in obtaining the fruits of the spirit, come from pruning the wicked things from ones tree. For can an evil branch produce good fruit? Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Failure to establish goodness within the home comes from the failure to remove that which is evil within the home.
If you think that you can keep the mouth piece of this world (the Television) in your home and have goodness within it, you are mistaken my friend. You may have a home filled with entertainment and happiness but you don’t have a home filled with joy and the goodness of God.
Yes, the evil things of this world must be taken from within the home. I do not share this with you as an instructor but as a father. For what man would tell a drunk to go to the local tavern to quit drinking?
Failure comes from lack of works and faith in most cases. Be strong and do what you know is right within your own heart.
Should not a man, love his wife to the point that she knows that she is the only one in his heart? And should not a man love his house to the point that he will protect it from the evil things of this world?
For what man will leave his front door open in the middle of the winter? Or what man will give his house a viper for a gift?
It is imperative, that the husband and wife pray together, and talk on a regular basis. If they do not the home will become deaf and blind.
For what gives a man the greatest comfort in this life? Is it not that when he goes to the grave that he knows that he has lived a godly life, that his wife’s heart has been filled with love and his children are saved and married well?
And all those above things come from the fruit of the spirit.
Then give. unto God what is His and give unto your house what is good. For the goodness of God will extend to many generations.
Goodness; The Reward’s Of Goodness
One of the greatest rewards of the goodness of God, is that the peace of God will reside within the walls of your home.
Yes, the peace of God. The peace that passes all understanding. The flow of the gentle stream will come into the home and rest within the hearts of the home.
The roots of goodness will replace bitterness and the fruit of kindness will be eaten daily by those who live within her walls. For bitterness has no place where the fruit of goodness has taken a strong hold.
The light of heaven well be made known from within the souls of those filled with goodness and this goodness will flow to a world that seeks love, peace and joy. For goodness is a powerful sword against the things of this world.
I will end with these two thoughts;1 If you seek the deeper life within the walls of your home, then seek to know that which is good and evil. 2. Prayer is one of the greatest things that can be established within the home to plant the seeds of goodness within the hearts of those that dwell within her bosom. Amen