How to be Happy in Your Home by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: How to be Happy in Your Home
I welcome you to another glorious month in this our year of exemption and I see you moving from one level of glory to another in Jesus’ name. In this sixth month, ushering us into the midst of the year, wherever you have experienced shame before now, I see God converting it to glory and perfecting all that concerns you in Jesus’ name.
All through this month, I will be showing you How to be Happy in Your Home. This week, I will be focusing on: How to get the best of times in your family life. The Bible says: The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? (Proverbs 18:14). It is joy on the inside that brings out the best in a man. Happiness in your home will bring out the best in your wife, husband and children.
A sorrowful heart is dangerous because nothing good comes the way of the dejected. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones (Proverbs 17:22).
When there is no happiness in a home, the family members are prone to all sorts of sickness and diseases. Which do you choose? Do you want to stay happy and make every member of your family happy, thereby staying away from hospital bills, or to continue spending your money and resources on drugs and medical bills? “Wisdom is profitable to direct,” the wise man said. My family members and I choose to stay happy and be drug-free.
What is Happiness?
Happiness is a state of enjoyment, showing satisfaction or joy. It is also marked by pleasure.
In most cases, when you are happy, your disposition is characterized by laughter as joy surges out from within you. Also, laughter is a feeling of triumph or sense of well-being. When you are genuinely happy, no one needs to ask you. You just flow in it, and it shows.
What does it take to be Happy?
The Psalmist says: …Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee (Psalms 128:1-2). Also, Proverbs 28:14 says: Happy is the man that feareth always: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. We can see from the two Scriptures above that happiness comes by fearing God, reverencing His voice via His Word, obeying His instructions and doing what He commands us to do. ‘Fear’ in this context is not talking of being afraid, rather it connotes respect for God and His Word.
What then are some of the secrets of a happy home life? The right answer could be given in just one word Christ. Christ is the secret of a happy home and whatever He says should be your guiding principles the remaining days of your life.
As a man, and the head of the home, if you walk in the understanding that you have a Head (Christ), who sees you and your actions, you will hold Him in reverence. Whatever He tells you to do; you will do without questions or grumbling. As a wife, though your husband is the head of the home; God is your ultimate head. Therefore, you must hold His commandments in awe. Rather than being in subjection to your husband only, obey the commandments of God through your husband, to show your reverence for Him and His Word. As you do this, your children, who are watching will learn from you. They will be proud to have a God-fearing woman as their mother, and will, likewise, learn to obey God.
Also, to maximize happiness in our homes, we have to consider these:
- Home is a residence.
- It is one of the most sacred places.
- It is a sanctuary into which men flee from perils and alarms.
- It is a resting place to which, at the close of day, the weary retire to gather new strength for battle.
- It is a place where love learns its lessons, life is schooled into discipline, and character is moulded.
Christ is the key to a happy home. Therefore, if you are not born again, you have to confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer of faith with me: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are born again and you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through [email protected], 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).