Home Can Be Beautiful
To be beautiful, a home does not have to have a wonderful location, a panoramic view, an elaborate entrance, or fine landscaping. It can be a modest apartment in town or a humble cottage in the country and still be lovelier than a royal palace.
It does not have to boast expensive draperies, wonderful carpets, or the latest electrical appliances. Its furniture can all be hand-me-downs, or items picked up at secondhand stores. Chrome, tiling, and stonework may all be absent.
Yet, it can possess a holy radiance beyond description. How can this be? Your Bible tells you. Notice first, Deuteronomy 5:29. Here God expresses His deep yearning for the happiness and contentment of His people. “O that there were such an heart in them,” He says, “that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!” He was concerned about their homes. He wanted every one of them to be truly beautiful and happy. He wanted them to be orderly, peaceful, and godly, with parents and children walking together along the highway of righteousness, fearing Him and keeping His commandments.
Our Patient Merciful God
The Bible and the Gospel speak of God's great mercy for us ...
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“Enter his gates with
thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him
and praise his name.