Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
— Colossians. 3:2,3, NASB
The sweetest type of heaven is a home where the Spirit of the Lord presides.
The plant of love must be carefully nourished, else it will die. Every good principle must be cherished if we would have it thrive in the soul. That which Satan plants in the heart,—envy, jealousy, evil surmising, evil speaking, impatience, prejudice, selfishness, covetousness, and vanity,—must be uprooted.
There is need of prayer, of genuine faith, of patient, untiring effort to war against every evil disposition, so that even our thoughts may be brought into subjection to Christ. That which will make the character lovely in the home is that which will make it lovely in the heavenly mansions.
When religion is manifested in the home, its influence will be felt in the church and in the neighborhood. But some who profess to be Christians, talk with their neighbors concerning their home difficulties... Those who go forth to lay their private grievances before others might better remain at home to pray, to surrender their perverse will to God, to fall on the Rock and be broken, to die to self that Jesus may make them vessels unto honor.
Let us all heed the words of the Lord,—“Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance; but as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
The daily acts of life tell the measure and mould of our disposition and character... Make the atmosphere fragrant with tender thoughtfulness of others. Only those will enter heaven who in probationary time have formed a character that breathes a heavenly influence. The saint in heaven must first be a saint upon earth.
This is the place for fitting up for the family above.
— Signs of the Times, November 14, 1892
Seek for the Spirit of the Lord to preside in your home.
Carefully nourish the plant of love and cherish every good principle. Uproot that which Satan plants in the heart.
Pray in genuine faith with untiring effort to war against every evil disposition so that even your thoughts may be brought into subjection to Christ.
Pray surrendering your will to God. Fall on the Rock and be broken, die to self that Jesus may make you a vessel of honor.