Summary: Some truths that will help us build strong family relationships. (Some of this material was borrowed from Sermoncentral sermons)

Helpful Hints for a Happy Home

Pastor Glenn Newton May 23, 2004

1PE 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat

them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life,

so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

1PE 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as

brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult,

but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10


"Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips

from deceitful speech. 1PE 3:11 He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace

and pursue it.1PE 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive

to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." 1Pet. 3:7-12

Warren Buffet is one of the richest men in America. In 1997, among the 70 or so people

in this country who were worth 1 Billion dollars or more, Buffet was the only one of only

a few who acquired his wealth through investing. Many investors look to him for

investment advice. His firm Berkshire Hathaway has one of the most widely read annual

reports issued. And a book has been written about his investment stategies; it’s called the

Warren Buffett Way.

If you could sit down with Warren Buffet for a while and get some investement tips

wouldn’t you do that?

This morning I want you to think with me, Imagine that you family is your greatest capital.

If you could get some good tips, some helpful hints on how to make it get stronger,

healtheir, better in quality would you be interested?

Well this morning we have something much better than the Warren Buffet Way as an

instruction manual. We hold in our hands a treasurer of investment strategies for growing

our family relationships. The Bible, God’s Word contains countless pro-family principles

for us to take hold of. If we learn and practice them they will make our family very

wealthy in our relationships.

Today I want to share a couple of Helpful Hints that can help have a Happy Home!

1. Work towards Understanding Each Other.

How many of you have VCR’s at home? How many of you understand how to program it

to tape a show for tomorrow and the next day? There’s a big difference between owning

something and understanding how it works.

How many of you work with folks who speak spansish? You have probably figured out

that just becuase you learn the meaning of a word or two doesn’t mean you understand

the language, am I right? To come to the place where you could understand the spanish

language would take a lot of work, alot of learning.

This is true in our relationships... To truely understand each other, it takes alot of work on

our part, it takes some patience, and it takes time spent together learning about each


Our passage says in verse 7, 1PE 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you

live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs

with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Men we are instructed here by God’s Word to understand our wives... Now I know some

of you are thinking, “I would rather learn Quantum physics than try to figure out my

wife.” That’s not nice.

I’m sure wives feel the same way about us. If you have been here on Sunday nights we

have been learning about the differences between men and women, we have been learning

about how God has made us completely different in the way that we think, and our

relational skills come from opposite sides of our brains. What all that means is that we as

men especially, have to make a choice to be relational, we have to choose to do the kind

of things that our mate needs to make this relationship work the way God intended.

Our Scripture is addressed to Husbands, but obviously this is a relationship principle that

can be applied to all of us, and not just in our marraige relationships, but also in our work

place, with our friends, with our extended family. What does the Scripture say?

“Be considerate..... and treat them with respect...” repeat.

To be considerate and to treat them with respect brings us back to the one word that I

have used over and over again.... You need to spell this word out on the walls of your

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