through His Word
“Lessons from Home” are those bits of wisdom and encouragement that we learned when we were growing up, the ones passed down to us from those who love us. We may have received insights from an older brother or sister about how to be a good friend, from our mom about the value of faithfulness and loyalty, or from our dad about the practical expressions of honor.
The worth of these lessons became clear as we grew older. They added quality to our relationships and daily lives. We found that they help us to be wiser, healthier, and happier. They spur us past the confines of indifference or a lack of self-confidence. They teach us where our personal jurisdiction ends and where someone else’s begins. Some of the lessons remind us how to find the light again in dark times. They are jewels of understanding that have proven their value again and again in the countless situations of life.
God and His Word teach us spiritual “lessons from home.” As we grow up spiritually, we continue to learn how spiritual things work and how they affect our lives. We learn these lessons in our times of Bible study and prayer, in church, in fellowship with other believers, or in the routine of everyday life as God leads us. Why do I call them lessons “from home”? Because Scripture tells us that the Father (John 14:23), the Son (John 14:23), and the Spirit (John 14:16-17, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 3:16) reside within believers. They make Their home with us. They share with us the spiritual wisdom and encouragement that we need to make the most out of life, to have the richest relationships, and to make a difference in the world around us for good. Spiritual lessons from home are the focus of these blog posts.
"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him" (John 14:23 NKJV).
(This blog series is inspired by Day 40 of my Bible study on the first six chapters of Isaiah, called Isaiah: Setting Things Right.)
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