Main Scriptures: Heb.12:13-14
More Scriptures: Rom.12:21, 1Thess.5:13, Matt.5:9
Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Heb.12:13-14) NIV. As a husband and the head of your family, have you considered the alternative that exists for peace? Well, in case you don’t know, let me tell. The best alternative to peace is war. If you read the Scripture of our main text today, two very important foundations are laid. First, it is the foundation of peace. Second, it is the foundation of holiness. Peace is a reflection of a holy life. So as a husband and the spiritual authority over your wife and children, you must continue to live in peace with your flock. Not because, you have no alternative, but because it is the will of God for you to live in peace. But how does this peace come? It comes by deliberately taking practical steps to ensure that peace rains. For example, your wife or child may have offended you. Satan would want to give you every reason to be bitter towards them. He would want you to habour unforgiveness in your heart against them. However, as a good and godly husband, you can overcome those thoughts by the help of the Holy Spirit by raising the white flag. You can do this by opening up a conversation with your flock, by lovingly explaining to them how you felt about their behavior. This is what the Scripture encourages you and I to do in Rom.12:21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Rom.12:21). What are some of the benefits you enjoy when you ensure that peace rains between you and your flock? The most important blessing is that you enjoy the peace of God that passes all understand. You enjoy health and vitality inside your body and also outside. When you live in war with your flock, your body naturally secrets toxins that negatively impact on your health, and may lead to death. Another blessing you enjoy is clarity of conversation with the Person of the Holy Spirit. Your spirit must be right for the Holy Spirit to communicate with you of His plans for your life as His representative in your family fold. God made you a leader to provide leadership and influence and direction to your wife and children. Lack of peace blocks your access to hearing from God.
· Father, by the prevailing power in the blood of Jesus Christ, deliver me from the power of bitterness and malice.
· Father, empower me by Your Spirit to overcome every deception of the devil.
· Father, empower me by Your Spirit to overcome evil with good.
I will consciously and deliberately make peace with my flock because that is God’s will for me as a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.