7 Characteristics to Instill in Your Home
by: Jeanie Cullip 24/7 MOMS Inspiration Editor
God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. Even more than all this, clothe yourself in love. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14
We can instill compassion into our homes by:
- supporting & helping others without expecting anything in return
- responding to disagreements and negative behavior with love
Kindness is the state or quality of being kind, a kind act or behavior; favor, a friendly feeling.
We can instill kindness in to our homes by:
- living by the golden rule and one of the best-known of Jesus' sayings. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
If you want to feel comfortable, loved, respected in your home; begin by being welcoming, comforting, loving and respectful to all those in your home.
- keeping a loving attitude
- thinking before you speak. If what you are about to say is going to make the receiver upset, angry or some other negative effect, keep it to yourself. This will get you a lot farther that blurting out something that can damage one's day or their self esteem
- If you have a problem with someone in your home tell the other person one on one first and try working out the issue.
Humility is the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
Being humble is not being full of ourselves. It is recognizing we are not perfect, we have faults but with the Lord we can do all things.
So how can we incorporate humility into our homes?
- accept you cannot do it all. Prioritize what is important to you and your family and with the Lord's help your family will be able to manage what you need to accomplish
- in all blessings give thanks to God. I f you do something well you can share the good news but make sure to give credit to where credit is due.
- increase one another esteem. Philippians 2:3 states Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (we should encourage one another in our homes)
- making time for the other family members. Stop being selfish of our time and go the extra mile for another
- praying for our family
- staying true to our beliefs ( the story of Esther is teaching me that I should never fear doing the right thing)
Patience is the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay, quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence
We can instill patience into our homes by:
- not giving up. No matter what the circumstances do not give up on each other. Finish what you started, pray and do not be discouraged
- accept the things we cannot control in our lives and the things we cannot change
Forgiveness is act of forgiving; state of being forgiven. disposition or willingness to forgive, a pardon
We can instill forgiveness in our homes by:
- offering an apology to another - quickly
- admitting you were wrong without excuse
- forgiving as the Lord has forgiven us. Jesus forgave us even though we did not deserve it
- being patient with one another
- being kind to one another
- showing humility
- trusting one another
- celebrating our blessings and not being jealous
- never giving up
- protecting one another
- rejoicing in the Lord
- Giving 2nd chances
- knowing when to be silent and when to speak
Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,
Stay- at- Home Mommy & Writer