A House or a Home?

It has been said, “A house is built with hands, but a home is built with hearts.” In my lifetime I have lived in many houses, but I have had only one home. My home is wherever my wife and family lives. Our children and grandchildren also know that this is our home and we will always leave the light on for them. A house does not make a home, but people make the home. The Bible tells of two houses in the same storm. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings…and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it..” (Matt. 7:24-27). Notice one fell and one fell not. Why? The difference was the rock foundation. You can remodel a house, but not the one foundation that remains. The rock foundation: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” (Psa. 127:1) Realize that just being Christians does not guarantee a happy home. Great was the fall of it. Why? Because the fall could have been avoided and prevented. Marriages built on sand can be saved, if they will build upon the rock. It is your choice. There is definitely a difference in a house (sand) and a home (rock). A house is a building, but a home is a blessing. A house is a place of material things, but a home is a place of memories treasured. A house is where you live, but a home is where you love. Some have never known the joy of a good Christian home. One lady stated, “I have never known that kind of home.” Some houses have only known the storms of strife, fighting, bickering, short tempers, sharp tongues, misery, frustration, pouting and screaming. Children are neglected and raised by single parents, or grandparents. “Do you live in a house or a home?” Build your home on the rock (Christ), where love is shut in and strife is shut out. Naturally all marriages will have some storms, but those built upon the rock will not fall. After the storm passes marriages and love becomes stronger. One of the sweetest places on earth is a happy contented Christian home. Learn that good marriages are built on problems that have been solved. Seek to attack the problem not the person. Seek to make the days ahead the best you have ever known. Learn to adjust, forgive, and love one another. Remember your vows, and stay sweethearts. I tell folks that if Carlene leaves, “I’m going with her.” Yes, there is definitely a difference in a house and a home! “There is no place like home.

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