A Paradise on Earth
kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew
Study Help: The
Adventist Home, 421–429, 506–520.
should be made all that the word implies. It should be a little heaven upon
earth, a place where the affections are cultivated instead of being studiously
Adventist Home, 15.
LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN
can we have here on earth a little taste of heaven? Matthew 18:3; Colossians
“Family religion is a wonderful power. …
“Hearts that are filled with the love of
Christ can never get very far apart. …
“Only where Christ reigns can there be deep, true, unselfish love. Then soul will be knit with
soul, and the two lives will blend in harmony. Angels of God will be guests in
the home.” The
Adventist Home, 94.
will happen as we enter into an abiding experience with Jesus every day, and
how can this be accomplished in our lives? Galatians 2:20; Colossians 2:6.
“Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let
your prayer be, ‘Take me, O lord, as wholly Thine. I
lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and
let all my work be wrought in thee.’ This is a daily
matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all
your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall
indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God,
and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ.” Steps to Christ, 70.
“When Christ abides in the heart, the whole
nature is transformed.” Ibid., 73.
what we need to cultivate in our homes and in our churches. Romans 12:10; I
“Home is to be the center of the purest and most elevated affection. Peace,
harmony, affection, and happiness should be perseveringly cherished every day,
until these precious things abide in the hearts of those who compose the
family. 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.
If these evil things are allowed to remain in the soul, they will bear fruit by
which many shall be defiled. Oh, how many cultivate the poisonous plants that
kill out the precious fruits of love and defile the soul!” The Adventist Home, 195, 196.
attitude must we have in order to have the kinds of relationships described? I
“Not all can go as missionaries to foreign lands, but all can be home missionaries
in their families and neighborhoods. There are many ways in which church
members may give the message to those around them. One of the most successful
is by living helpful, unselfish Christian lives. Those who are fighting the
battle of life at great odds may be refreshed and strengthened by little
attentions which cost nothing. Kindly words simply spoken, little attentions
simply bestowed, will sweep away the clouds of
temptation and doubt that gather over the soul. The true heart expression of Christlike sympathy, given in simplicity, has power to open
the door of hearts that need the simple, delicate touch of the spirit of
Christ.” The Adventist
“Some parents—and some teachers as well—seem
to forget that they themselves were once children. They are dignified, cold,
and unsympathetic. … Such discipline is not Christlike.
Children thus trained fear their parents or teachers, but do not love them;
they do not confide to them their childish experiences. Some of the most
valuable qualities of mind and heart are chilled to death, as a tender plant
before the wintry blast.
“Smile, parents; smile,
teachers. If your heart is sad, let not your face
reveal the fact.” Child
Guidance, 147, 148.
SHOULD WE SPEAK?
kinds of words should we use with each other? Philippians 1:27; James 4:11;
Ephesians 4:25, 29–32.
“The voice is an entrusted talent, and it should be used to help and encourage
and strengthen our fellow men. If parents will love God and keep the way of the
Lord to do justice and judgment, their language will not savor of sickly
sentimentalism. It will be of a sound, pure, edifying character. Whether they
are at home or abroad, their words will be well chosen. They will descend to no
“Every word spoken by fathers and mothers
has its influence over the children, for good or for evil.” The Adventist Home, 434.
should we speak? I Thessalonians 2:7; II Chronicles 10:7.
“Religion is love, and a Christian home is one where love reigns and finds
expression in words and acts of thoughtful kindness and gentle courtesy.” The Adventist Home, 94.
“Parents should keep the atmosphere of the
home pure and fragrant with kind words, with tender sympathy and love; but at
the same time they are to be firm and unyielding in principle. If you are firm
with your children, they may think that you do not love them. This you may
expect, but never manifest harshness.” Ibid., 434.
“We must subdue a hasty temper and control
our words, and in this we shall gain great victories. Unless we control our
words and temper, we are slaves to Satan. We are in subjection to him. He leads
us captive. All jangling and unpleasant, impatient, fretful words are an
offering presented to his satanic majesty. And it is a costly offering, more
costly than any sacrifice we can make for God; for it destroys the peace and
happiness of whole families, destroys health, and is eventually the cause of
forfeiting an eternal life of happiness.” Ibid., 437.
should we respond when receiving correction? Proverbs 8:33;
IN THE HOME
does God want us to spend our time and energy? Colossians 3:23. What warnings
are given against idleness? Ecclesiastes 10:18.
“I have been shown that much sin has resulted from idleness. Active hands and
minds do not find time to heed every temptation which the enemy suggests, but
idle hands and brains are all ready for Satan to control. The mind, when not
properly occupied, dwells upon improper things. Parents should teach their
children that idleness is sin. …
“The minds of children are active, and if
not occupied with that which is good and useful, they will inevitably turn to
what is bad. While it is right and necessary for them to have recreation, they
should be taught to work, to have regular hours for physical labour and also for reading and study. See that they have
employment suited to their years and are supplied with useful and interesting
books.” The Adventist
“Parents should by their example encourage
the formation of habits of simplicity, and draw their children away from an
artificial to a natural life.” Child Guidance, 139.
is the necessary principle we must keep in mind in choosing how we will spend
our time? Ecclesiastes 11:9.
“Educate men and women to bring up their children free from false, fashionable
practices, to teach them to be useful. …
“There are plenty of necessary, useful
things to do in our world that would make the pleasure-amusement exercise
almost wholly unnecessary. Brain, bone, and muscle will acquire solidity and
strength in using them to a purpose, doing good hard thinking, and in devising
plans which shall train them [the youth] to develop powers of intellect and
strength of the physical organs, which will be putting into practical use their
God-given talents with which they may glorify God.” Selected Messages, Book 2, 321.
“I do not condemn the simple exercise of
playing ball; but this, even in its simplicity, may be overdone. I shrink
always from the almost sure result which follows in the wake of these
amusements. It leads to an outlay of means that should be expended in bringing
the light of truth to souls that are perishing out of Christ.” Ibid., 322.
a. In order to prepare to dwell in that
holy place called heaven, what must we do now? Genesis 35:2; Colossians 2:5.
“We should teach our children lessons in simplicity and trust. We should teach
them to love, and fear, and obey their Creator. In all the plans and purposes
of life His glory should be held paramount; His love should be the mainspring
of every action.” Child
are some of the strange gods that should be put away before we are able to meet
our Lord? II Corinthians 6:17; Revelation 21:27.
“There are amusements such as dancing, card playing, chess, checkers … which we
cannot approve, because Heaven condemns them.” Testimonies, vol. 1, 514.
“Children are not to be trained to be the
devotees of society. They are not to be sacrificed to Molech,
but they are to become members of the Lord’s family. … They are not to have
their minds all engrossed in the fashions and practices of the world. They are
not to educate their children to attend parties and concerts and dances, to
have and attend feasts, because after this manner the Gentiles walk.” Child Guidance, 181.
“In the education of children and youth
fairy tales, myths, and fictitious stories are now given a large place. … How
can Christian parents permit their children to use books so filled with
should books containing a perversion of truth be placed in the hands of
children or youth.” The
Adventist Home, 413.
“Some of the most popular amusements, such
as football and boxing, have become schools of brutality. They are developing
the same characteristics as did the games of ancient Rome.” Ibid.,
PERSONAL REVIEW QUESTIONS
1 Can you now have a little bit of
2 How does showing affection help your
3 What words should be in your home?
4 How can habits of simplicity best
function in the home?
5 From what must you cleanse your life
in order to be prepared to live in heavenly places?