"A Happy Home" (Ephesians 6:1-4)

“A HAPPY HOME”

Ephesians 6:1-4

Introduction:

A.  Many politicians promise to save your house.

B.  Only God can save your home.

ILL:  At the annual family-reunion picnic, a young bride led her husband over to an old woman busily crocheting in a rocker. "Granny," she said, touching the old woman's hand affectionately, "this is my new husband." The woman eyed him critically for a long moment, then asked abruptly, "Do you desire children?" Startled by her bluntness, the young man blushed and stammered, "Well-uh-yes, I do very much." "Well," she said, looking scornfully at the large tribe gathered around the six picnic tables, "try to control it!"

Four items that will be in a happy home:

 

I.  A Happy Home is one in which there are RULES.

 

A.  You probably think you would be happier w/o rules.

B.  You wouldn’t be happy if there were no rules.

                        1.  Property rules. 

                        You wouldn’t be happy if others took your things.

            2.  Fair Play rules.

                        You wouldn’t be happy if others always cheated.

            3.  Cleanliness rules.

                        You wouldn’t be happy if you lived in a pig sty.

            4.  Manners.

                        You wouldn’t be happy if others were always rude.

            5.  TV, Computers, Music rules.

                        You wouldn’t be happy if others hogged them.

            6.  Homework rules.

            You wouldn’t be happy if you repeated a grade.

 

            ILL:  God in OT made rules for Israel to live by for their

                        happiness and holiness.

            ILL:  God in NT makes rules for Christians to live by for

                        our happiness and holiness.

“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”

(I Jn.1:4)

II.  A Happy Home is one in which there is RESPECT.

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.  I’ll tell you what it means to me.

 

A.  There must be Respect for the Rules.  “Obey”

            Rebellion makes nobody happy.

 

            1.  It doesn’t make your parents happy.

                        “A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son

is the heaviness of his mother.”  (Prov.10:1)

                        “A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness

to her that bare him.”  (Prov.17:25)

 

            2.  It doesn’t make others who follow the rules happy.

                        EX:  Cheating on elections, taxes, at work

 

            3.  It doesn’t make you happy.

                        ILL:  In 1963 there was a great train robbery in

England whereby robbers stole $7,300,000.  15 men were

involved, and 14 were eventually arrested.  Listen to what

they said about the affair:

“Anyone who thinks crime pays must be mad.”

“I’m glad its all over.  I was at the end of my tether.”

“It wasn’t worth it.”

“The nagging fear of discovery gave me a permanent

headache.”

 

            4.  It doesn’t make God happy.

                        “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and

stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”  (I Sam.15:23)

 

B.  There must be Respect for the Rule Makers/Enforcers.

            “Honor”

            1.  Because of their Power.

                        They can punish you.

            2.  Because of their Provision.

                        They have given to you.

            3.  Because of their Position.

                        They are in charge of you.  EX:  Pres. Obama.

III.  A Happy Home is one in which there is RESTRAINT.

 

A.  Young People need Restraint.

            “nurture”  =  “chastening”

 

            If a young boy can’t control himself, he needs a parent

                        to control him.

            If a young girl cant restrain herself, she needs a parent to

restrain her.

            If a young man can’t discipline himself, he needs a

parent to discipline him.

            If a young lady can’t handle herself, she needs a parent

to lay hands on her.

 

            1.  Two illustrations.

·        Super Nanny.   No one is happy when the home is out of control.

·        Best baby shower gift is a set of wooden spoons.

If used correctly they will keep a child from stirring up trouble.

 

            2.  Two observations.

·        You better restrain them early.

·        You better restrain them consistently.

 

B.  Older People need Restraint.

            “provoke not your children to wrath”

 

            1.  Keep from disciplining too hotly.

            2.  Keep from disciplining too harshly.

            3.  Keep from disciplining too hastily.

            4.  Keep from disciplining too haphazardly.

            5.  Keep from disciplining too hypocritically.

 

            Would you want God to discipline you like you

            discipline your child?

 

 

IV.  A Happy Home is one in which there is

      RELIGIOUS TRAINING.

 

A.  Parents, you are responsible to give your child

      Religious Training.

 

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  (Deut.6:6,7)

 

(see also Psalm 78:1-7)

 

B.  Parents, you are rewarded by giving your child

      Religious Training.

 

            “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is

old, he will not depart from it.”  (Prov.22:6)

 

1.  Rewarded with Eternal Life.

            “Isn’t salvation the work of the Holy Spirit?”

            ILL:  The Parable of the Sower

            The Holy Spirit prepares the soil of the heart.

            We have to scatter the seed.

            Every time we take to church, read Bible, we plant.

 

2.  Rewarded with Abundant Life.

 

            *  Don’t you want you child to miss the destructive

            things of life? (drugs, crime, premarital sex)

            Teach them the Bible.

 

·        Don’t you want your child to be able to discern

right from wrong, good from bad, righteousness from evil?  Teach them the Bible.

 

·        Don’t you want your child to know God’s will, hear God’s voice, receive God’s blessing?  Teach them the Bible.

ILL:  Some statistics from convention.

            You’ve heard of 85% of Church youth leave faith.

            60% of Church youth say they will leave as soon as

they leave home.

Only 4% of today’s young people will be saved.

 

That means Christian parents aren’t doing their job!

 

Conclusion:

 

 

 
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