Have you ever asked: What makes this family work?” “What is that special formula they have that we don’t?” “Why is keeping my family together so difficult?” “Why do I even try any more?” If you examine these questions, you will notice that in all of these, there is a lack of all the components mentioned. Can you therefore see the importance of having and speaking love, peace, joy and hope in your family? This is exactly what I am going to touch on in this article today.
What is love? Why is love important? As a christian, I would like to share a Bible passage with you.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 says:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Do you know how difficult it is for many of us to even do one of those which are mentioned about love? We can easily fail on any one aspect of love, do you agree with me? That is how powerful love is! Love is not simply about saying: ” I love you!” to your spouses and children and then just walk away thinking that is it. As you can see, from above, there is more to be demanded from us. Love is a commitment we give to our families to do all we can purely for their well-being. Can we honestly say that we have done all we could to love them?
When we know that we are loved, we have the confidence to face the challenges in our lives. Our children feel secure and protected. They see what is good and emulate it. They carry healthy perspectives through their lives because of what they see. Love is all about what we do, not simply what we say. Let us speak and show love to our families because we are their hope to a better and healthy future.
What is peace? Why is peace important? When a family is constantly fighting and arguing, there is no peace in that family, right? According to the wikipedia’s definition of peace:
“It describes a society or a relationship that is operating harmoniously and without violent conflict. Peace is commonly understood as the absence of hostility, or the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, safety in matters of social or economic welfare, the acknowledgment of equality and fairness in political relationships.”
How can peace exist if there are constant fights between parents and siblings? Peace is the result of a loving family, don’t you think? The Bible talks about peace as well. The peace that comes not from man, but of God which is beyond our human understanding. Peace brings harmony and balance to our families. We need to seek not only love but also peace within our families.
Joy And Hope
As the saying goes: Where there is peace, there is joy! Joy and hope are the natural outcome of what we have invested in our families. If we sow love and peace, we reap joy and hope! We need to make a decision to act accordingly with love and maintain peace within our families if we truly want to build healthy and stable families. To end these wars, we also need to break that cycle of negativity in our families. We can make that difference!
EHOP Designs has a dream to see families live in love and peace experiencing joy and hope because they deserve it. We need to learn to speak the language of a healthy family if we have that desire to reverse the present trend that our families are heading, a high divorce rate. We do need to stop this downward spiral path of destruction. Don’t let your family become another number on the records of divorce statistics. Fight it because your family is important to you!
From Ours to Yours,