30 Bible Verses About The Home

Bible Verses About The Home

What does the Bible say about home and family? Do you sometimes feel like things have gotten out of control in your home, and you need some wise guidance? Is your home serving the purpose God intended for it to?

I decided to turn to the Scriptures for answers to these questions, and I was rather surprised to learn that the Bible actually says very little about housekeeping per se. I mean, I’ve always heard the saying “cleanliness is next to godliness”, so I thought I’d find more advice about keeping a neat and clean home.

I searched out this collection of Bible verses about the Christian home to help us understand what God really expects our homes to be like.

As it turns out, Bible verses about the home focus much more on what goes on inside of a home and the people who make it up than the keeping of the home. 

Bible Verses About The Home

The home is the center of life, where we learn the most about relationships, faith, family, and work, among many other valuable things.

Abraham was called to leave his home. He obeyed the call, and he lived in tents as a nomad for the rest of his life. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness while God prepared them for the inheritance He had for them (notice He was preparing them, not their home). Jesus did not own a home, He went where He was called and where He could reach people. 

There are few if any Bible verses that specifically address how to clean or maintain a home. But there are many Scriptures about how the people in the home should treat each other, how the people in the home are to be led, what we encourage in our households, and where our real ultimate home is. 

The following Bible verses about the home are enlightening and refreshing, and make clear what should be our focus:

Genesis 18:19

I have chosen him so that he will command his children and his house after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. This is how the Lord will fulfill to Abraham what he promised him.” (CSB)

In Genesis, we see that God chose and instructed Abraham to teach his children and his entire household to do what is right and just.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.

The Israelites were taught to teach their children in everything they were doing: when sitting in the house, when walking, when lying down to bed, and when getting up in the morning, and even placing God’s teachings where they were obvious to see – on the doorposts of their houses and on the gates.

Joshua 24:15

But if it doesn’t please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today: Which will you worhsip – the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living? As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.”

The head of every household sets the tone for what is considered to be the most important to the people in that home. In the Christian home, that is following God’s will and Word in every way possible.

1 Chronicles 16:11

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Psalm 127:1

Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain.

The only secure home is one that God builds. No guard or watchman can give us the security that our Father, God, can give.

Proverbs 14:1

Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

Proverbs 24:3-4

A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure.

Hebrews 13:2

Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.

Hospitality is important to God, and we are expected to welcome others, sometimes even strangers, into our homes.

Proverbs 17:1

Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.

Isaiah 32:17-18

“The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever. Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place, in safe and secure dwellings.”

He tells us that righteousness will lead to peace, but living like the world will lead to the lack of peace.

Romans 12:16-18

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Although life on earth will never be easy, we can still live at peace with one another to the best of our ability if we are conscious of how we act toward others. We are to pursue, or go after, peace, and do what we can to build others up rather than tear them down.

Romans 14:19

So then, let us pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.

Loving someone, even when we feel wronged by them, is a giant step on the road to peace. Family members can be hard, and personalities can grate on each other. But doing it God’s way makes all the difference in how peaceful a home can be.

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Psalm 133:1

How delightfully good when brothers live together in harmony!

Parents know how delightful it is when their children live together in harmony, and God is just as pleased, as our heavenly parent.

Romans 12:10

Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Take the lead in honoring one another.

He even tells us we are to take the lead in honoring each other, and tells us to stop arguing, shouting, talking about or complaining about other people.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs.

Family is so important in God’s eyes! We are told to love one another and to do everything in love. I know much of what I do as I go about my days is reactive, with little conscious thought of love. But this is not God’s way. He expects us to do everything we do with love.

Ephesians 4:2-3

…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. 

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.

Ephesians 6:1-4

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land. Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Philippians 2:14-16

Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, by holding firm the word of life.

We see in many of these verses, words such as love, humility, harmony, patience, gentleness, and unity. None of these attitudes comes naturally to most people. For most of us, these are ways that our own hearts need to learn, not just expect from other people.

Genesis 2:3

Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. This is a great example for us to follow. ‘What Is Keeping The Sabbath In the Bible?‘ includes more about Sabbath rest.

Proverbs 6:10-11

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

It’s only natural for Bible verses about the home to include advice on work. Children learn their work ethic early on, in the home, and God encourages us to be industrious.

Proverbs 31:27

She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness. 

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.

Making money is usually our motivation for working, but Scripture encourages us to work as if it’s all for the Lord, not just for a paycheck.

Bible Verses About The Home Waiting For Us In Heaven

John 14:1-3

Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.

I just couldn’t finish without talking about the eternal home that all believers have to look forward to. Anticipating that heavenly home keeps us going even when things are tough and our hearts are troubled.

2 Corinthians 5:1

For we know that if our earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands.

No matter what our current living conditions are, or the states our body is in, we know that we have this eternal home that is better than the best mansion here on earth.

2 Corinthians 5:6-8

So we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. In fact, we are confident, and we would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Revelation 21:3-4

Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They well be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.

Just think – when we leave this place, God Himself will give us the comfort we may have lacked on earth. No more, death or grief, no more pain or tears, because He will wipe away all of the tears we’ve ever cried.

I am seeing some of these verses as if for the first time, although I know I’ve read them many times. Who knew that Bible verses about the home could include so much about the inner workings of the home, not just the house itself.

Some of these Scriptures about the home are hitting me hard, because I’ve known them and haven’t always followed them. I know, for example, that at times I have been that foolish woman who has torn down her house with her own hands rather than building it up.

It’s no surprise that the relationships section includes the most Scripture verses (and I had to eliminate quite a few, at that).

The Bible is absolutely stuffed full of how to get along with others. We’re so used to turning to self-help books for advice, when all we really need to do is open our Bibles.

These Bible verses about the home show us what God wants our homes to be, but most importantly, we can learn that the place we call home doesn’t come close in importance to the atmosphere that we set in our homes – one of following the Lord at all costs and obeying His guidelines.

If you, like me, are convicted by these Scriptures about the home, you don’t need to feel guilty. You can start anew right now, today, to make the necessary changes.

Get with God, ask for forgiveness for the things you have added or left out that He never intended. And then ask Him to teach you and show you how to implement change in your home and in your heart.

A Prayer To Bless Your Home:

Now, please bless Your servant’s house, so that it will continue before You forever. For You, Lord God, have spoken, and with Your blessing Your servant’s house will be blessed forever. (2 Samuel 7:29)

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