A diet of the finest food does not compensate for a turbulent atmosphere. It is better to have little to eat in a household of peace than to feast in a household of strife. Eating the finest food does not compensate for a quarrelsome atmosphere. Many marriages are suffering because both mates are working outside the home to maintain a high standard of living. This may include a large house in a prestigious neighborhood, fine cars and food, vacations, education, etc. While all these things are good, if families sacrifice their time together to obtain them, they will lose what is really important. Parents should pray and ask the Lord what standard of living He desires for their family. Perhaps a smaller home, one car, and less clothing, would be the answer to reduce the stress that comes with trying to maintain more than they are able to afford.
The Bible tells us how to have a happy home. Many families today are hurting because they have not learned how to love and serve each other. When mates are selfish, they bicker. The Bible instructs us to love one another and avoid this kind of railing at each other (1 Peter 3:8-12). Christian husbands and wives should love and honor each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love...God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:7-8,16).
The kind of love that is mentioned here is not the kind of love that is in the world. The original language of the New Testament was Greek. In Greek there are three words that are all translated as "love." In the above verse, the word for "love" is agape. It is a love that is divine. It is selfless and gives sacrificially. In Greek there are three words for love: (1) Love that is divine, called "agape"; (2) Love of high ideals, called "phileo" (our city of Philadelphia is named for this brotherly love); and (3) Love of physical passion, called "eros" (our word erotic stems from this word). Since the original text of the New Testament was written in Greek we know the verse above was referring to "agape" love and not the other two.
Yes, it is far better to have less of this world's goods, with God's love in our lives, than to have much worldly wealth but not know God. Our Father promises that He will always take care of His children, and He will supply our daily needs. "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5).