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THE LIFE OF THE HOME.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER, D.D.




IN the home love should come
to its best. There it should
reach its richest beauty.
The song it sings there
should be its sweetest. All
love's marvelous possibilities should be real-
ized in the life of the home. Whatever love
may achieve in any other relation or con-
dition, home is the place where its lessons
should be most perfectly learned.
BY J. R. MILLER, D.D.




IN the home love should come
to its best. There it should
reach its richest beauty.
The song it sings there
should be its sweetest. All
love's marvelous possibilities should be real-
ized in the life of the home. Whatever love
may achieve in any other relation or con-
dition, home is the place where its lessons
should be most perfectly learned.

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THE LIFE OF THE HOMEBY J. R. MILLER, D.D.IN the home love should cometo its best. There it shouldreach its richest beauty.The song it sings thereshould be its sweetest. Alllove's marvelous possibilities should be real-ized in the life of the home. Whatever lovemay achieve in any other relation or con-dition, home is the place where its lessonsshould be most perfectly learned. Homeought to be the holiest place on earth. Itis to be a place of confidence. We are totrust each other perfectly there. There isnever to be a shadow of doubt, suspicion, orwant of confidence in the home fellowships.There should need to be no locked doors, nohidden secrets, no disloyalties, no enmities,no diverse interests, in the home relations.We should understand each other there. Weshould live together in perfect frankness and[99]Cl^e 'Beauty of ^elf= Controlconfidence. Each should honor the other.We should see good and never evil, the onein the other. We should believe in eachother. Our life together in the home shouldbe characterized by perfect truth. Famil-iarity should never make us treat one another
 
in any way that would give offence. Themost familiar intimacy should not permit usever to disregard the proprieties and ameni-ties of the truest refinement. We shouldbe more courteous in our homes than any-where else in the world.All the Christian virtues should find theirexemplification in the home life. " Love suf-fereth long and is kind." That is, love neverwearies in suffering whether it be in its ser-vice of others or in the enduring of unkind-ness at the hands of others. Love continu-ally demands self-denial and sacrifice for thesake of others. When we say to another inwhatever relation, " I am going to be yourfriend," we do not begin to know what itis going to mean to us to keep our word. Wehave to be always denying ourselves, giving[100]loie'sj TBeist at fomeup our own way, sacrificing our rights, giv-ing our friend the pleasures we had expectedto enjoy ourselves.The story of friendship anywhere is a storyof cost and suffering, but it is in the homethat it must suffer the most, make the great-est sacrifices. When husband and wife clasphands at the marriage altar, they can fulfilltheir covenant of love only by mutual lovingunto death. It may cost either of them agreat deal to love as they have promised todo, until death separates them. Here is aman who loves his wife with a devoted affec-
 
tion. For ten years she has been a help-less invalid, and he has carried her from thebed to the chair, and up and down stairs, andhas ministered to her in a most beautiful way,failing in nothing that she needed or craved,pouring out his life's best treasures to giveher comfort or pleasure. This is ideal. Soit should be in all the home relations. Lovethat stops at no cost, at no sacrifice, shouldbe the law of the home life.It should be the same with all the qualities[101]Ci^e "Beautt of telecontrolof love. We are to exercise patience withevery person we may meet, in all the rela-tions of life, but we should show the sweetestand most Christlike patience in our ownhomes. Kindness is the great law of Chris-tian life. It should be the universal law. Weshould be kind to everyone, not only to thosewho treat us with love, but also to those whoare ungentle to us, returning to them love forhate. But in our own home and toward ourown, our kindness should not only be unvary-ing, but be always exceptionally tender.A writer suggests that members of a fam-ily, when they separate for the night or evenfor the briefest stay, should never part inany but an affectionate way, lest they shallnever meet again. Two incidents illustratethe importance of this rule. A distinguishedman, when much past middle life, related anexperience which occurred in his own home in

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