Love at home… This song is a song of ideals. Love at home is a beautiful thing. Some people are even a bit annoyed at the words of this song because they are so “idealistic.”
This song does make a very important point. If there is love at home, that home is a much better place. Love within the home gives us a better outlook on life.
Love is taught and commanded over and over in the Bible. We see it throughout, but especially in the New Testament. The call/command to love one another cannot be ignored.
A number of verses about love
– Galatians 5:13-14
– Ephesians 4:2
– 1 Peter
– 1 John 4:7-12
– 1 Corinthians 13:1-12
Love must be wherever christians are, wherever they are living, working or serving. God is love, he loves us and he calls us to love.
The Christian home should be the “workshop” of love. It should be the first place that we feel and watch and experience love. It is also the place where love should be taught and where it should grow.
The christian home is also a laboratory. It is a place where love is tested and tried. The home is where love works as well as where it fails. It comes up short often.
Everything that christian love is and is meant to be is needed in our homes.
Love at home begins with parents who love God. They establish the environment.
1 Timothy 1:5
The commandment in the verses preceding verse 5, is that he should teach to others the doctrines that he had been taught. The scriptures, the instruction, that Paul had given to Timothy was to be taught to others by Timothy. The end result of this commandant is that love should spring from a pure heart.
When there is a relationship with God, love springs from that heart. The importance here is to have a connection with God. Parents should love God, it is the place that love at home begins.
Great crowds were following Jesus. They may have felt some kind of loyalty to Jesus. Jesus tells them here that to be a disciple of Jesus there needs to be more than loyalty and excitement. They must also have the correct priority in their hearts. Jesus must be first, even before family.
Was Jesus serious when he said that those who follow him need to hate their families, wives or children? The word used here in the original greek would point to “loving these things less than Jesus.”
Jesus was calling his disciples (and all of us) to love him more than anything else. It is important for all parts of the “family” to have more love for God than for anyone or anything else.
As we understand an love God, we should be embracing it joyfully and following it to the best of our ability.
Love at home begins with parents… who love God first.
Christian love does not break a marriage or a home. True christian love does not stress or strain the “tie that binds” a marriage together. It is a security to the life of a child if they know that their parents really deeply love each other… and God.
It is a blessing for children to be loved. For children to be provided and cared for by loving parents is the duty of the parents… It is a gift for the child. It affects how they view themselves and how they relate to the world around them. Children should know that they are loved, that they are loved by God, that they are special – created by God for a purpose.
When parents love their children they will provide them with a nurturing environment where children can grow up safely and protected.
Loving God first helps us love others. Loving God most doesn’t leave our companions or children loved less than if we would love them first. Instead they are loved more because of God’s love through us towards them.
1 Corinthians 13:4-12
Love at home is more than just a bunch of “fuzzy affections.” It is very practical. We see what this looks like in the verses in 1 Corinthians.
This christian love is strong enough to say “I’m sorry” these are words that are very necessary in the home. They are important outside of the home as well, but the home is a very good place for children to learn to say and be sorry.
Jesus says that this is how people will know that we are his disciples – When we love each other.
The christian home, full of love is a powerful testimony to the world around us.