I was reading in the book of Ephesians this morning, and my eyes were suddenly glued to chapter 4 verses 1-3.  I suppose because The Inn is a forty year-old ministry to the reconciliation of families, I found a new light shining in this scripture: 

I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

I have found myself through the years applying many meaningful scriptures to the local and larger Body of Christ.  This is a correct assumption. BUT let us take a few of the words from Ephesians 4 and apply them to our marriages and homes:

  • prisoner 
  • beg
  • lead
  • worthy
  • calling
  • humility
  • gentleness
  • patience
  • bearing
  • love
  • effort
  • maintaining
  • unity
  • bond
  • peace

We are prisoners in the Lord  who begs us and leads us to live a life that is worthy of Him at home. Humility, gentleness, and patience means greatness at home because Jesus dwells with the humble in heart. (Matthew 11:29). He is full of forbearance towards us, and so must we be with our loved ones.  Even on the most difficult of days and situations we must make every effort to maintain the unity that Christ requires of us as the earthly example of the marriage between Christ and the Church. (Ephesians 5:32)  It is the bond of peace, the goal of our days that will unite us in Him.

As we swathe these words onto our marriages and households, I know that there will be an overflow into the Body of Christ.

So, my friends, let us make every effort today, tomorrow and in the years to come to carry out the will of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at home.

The results will be eternal!