Day 21~ Family Matters!

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 21:2–9

When you read the above passage, you could probably guess which verse I wanted to highlight: “It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife” (v. 9). And, yes, I am serious about the dangers posed by tongues that are contentious, combative, and discontented.

But while heeding this as a warning, let’s also turn it into a positive. If one of the blessings of gratitude is that it makes us generally happier people, it follows that gratitude makes those who live with us happier too.

The restorative power of a grateful heart and tongue is more potent than we can imagine, as is the destructive potential of being bitter and difficult to live with. “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Proverbs 16:24). Let’s make sure our words have that kind of effect.

Ask God to guard your heart—and your tongue—today. Anytime you hear yourself saying words that are contentious, complaining, or critical, rather than gracious, gentle, and godly ... stop. Ask Him to forgive you. And seek forgiveness from those to whom—or in whose presence—you spoke.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Heavenly Father, I want to be the kind of person others seek out—not the sort of person that others avoid. Cultivate in me a heart of gratitude that overflows with gracious, gentle, and godly speech so that my family is blessed by my presence. Thank You! 

Life Application:

As I read over the lesson for today, I was convicted in my heart about how many times I have spoken hurtful words to my family. How many times I have thought "Oh well, there "just" my family, so they'll understand." But what a lie this is! Our families should be the place where we can feel the most love and give the most love. We shouldn't wish for a better freind if we aren't willing to be one ourselves. Over the years, I've realized more and more that the person we are at home is the person we truly are. When we can treat our family like they matter most, and forgive them when they hurt us, then we will be able to get along with anyone else in life. But if we treat our family with disdain, and grumble about the opportunities we have to invest in their lives, well, how can we expect anything different when we have our own families? We must choose now, to treat our family like they matter, and live each moment with a heart of gratefulness, and humility.



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