(Can’t you hear the beautiful voices singing “AH” when you look at this graphic? LOL)
I know from the previous blog that it sounds like I need to work on my love walk once I arrive home. I really do love the people who live in my house. I’m determined to treat them consistently with the kind of the respect that I show others. So I’ve come up with a plan. Yes! I’m so excited!
I think I’ll start right away and shock them with some intensive loving care. First, I won’t interrupt anyone all night. Yeah! I’ll let them actually finish their sentence! And then, I won’t tell one of my usual, spur of the moment dry jokes without thinking it through to make sure it sounds sane (I’m laughing loudly here).
Next, I won’t make my usual running commentary about the negative things I see on the television shows we’re watching, (and here’s the big finish) or try to correct everyone’s ‘mistakes’. If I have something to say, I’ll talk to God about it privately (smiles). I tell you, this is going to be a good spiritual work-out! This should keep me busy for quite a while.
I don’t know if you take your family for granted sometimes, too. I hope that you don’t assume that because they love you, it’s all right for you to speak to them any kind of way, or treat them as though their feelings don’t matter. Feelings are connected to hearts, and hearts are connected to minds.
Every time I cut a person off in mid-sentence, or change the subject as though their conversation is not important, I give the impression that I believe that what I have to say is more important. I give the impression I believe that my loved one’s worth, as a human being, is not as great as mine. I am saying, through my actions, that they are not worth my patience and kindness. I don’t want to continue to say something so cruel as this through my actions, or the tone of my voice, or the words I choose to say. I want to live a life of kindness, discretion, and love; especially at home.
God’s Word has a lot to say about freedom, discretion, wisdom, and how family members should treat each other. If you would like to read more, please take a closer look at the following scriptures:
James 2:1 James 3:2-12 1 John 3:18 Romans 8:2
Ephesians 4:30-32 Ephesians 5:4 Ephesians 6:1-4 Proverbs 18:20
Galatians 5:1 Galatians 5:13-15 Galatians 5:22-26 Proverbs 24:3-4
Ephesians 5:1, 2 Proverbs 17:27 Proverbs 10:19; 13:1; 14:1; 15:24
I know that I am not walking through this journey of life alone. There are always people inside and outside of my home who deserve my best love. God gives me His best all of the time. I don’t want to give anything less. He has set you and me free to live our lives by loving others with excellence. What a way to enjoy the journey!
Questions for today – When are you most likely to take your family or close friends for granted? What is your plan to love your family the way that Christ loves you?
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