"To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing." (I Peter 3: 7-9)
The Bible encourages us to treat others in a sympathetic or "brotherly" manner. This scripture is referring to the Greek word "phileo" – the love you feel for a friend.
Some people are more considerate and understanding of their friend's faults than they are of the people they live with. They are quick to make excuses for their friend's behavior. They say, "Aw, he didn't mean it that way," or "That's just the way she is." But some people can be quick to point out their family's mistakes.
Overlook the little things that sometimes irritate you and begin to look for opportunities to encourage.
Learn to laugh together at the things you used to argue about. Enjoy your family and make the most of your time together – See the best in them!
As you honor and encourage one another, your blessings will begin to multiply in ways you haven't even imagined.
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