Let love be genuine. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
— Romans 12.9a-10.
I think we’d all agree we need closer families, especially in this day and age. What are some things you can do to promote good feelings and more love in your home?
Honor them with your time. Everyone is busy. In some families, kids have just as demanding schedules as their parents. Each member of the family must prioritize and set aside time to be together with each other. If not, everyone can become disconnected and relationships will suffer. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by eating a meal together. Make it happen and ensure it is free of outside interference so you can focus on what matters most: your family.
Honor them by listening. Sometimes, we need to talk things out. You can build trust, love, and affection by simply listening to others. Multitasking during times of communication leads to a breakdown in listening. Give your family members your undivided attention. You’ll be amazed at how your relationships can improve.
Honor them through acts of service. Be attentive to the needs of others. Do your share of work around your home. Gladly and generously help with the chores of others who may be having a busy week. Do all of this, expecting nothing in return. Acts of service are never about keeping score.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never ends, 1 Corinthians 13.4-8a.
Don’t put these things off. Make them a priority. You’ll be thankful later for what you’re building today.