"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)

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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.

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 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. 

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Overlook the little things that sometimes irritate you and begin to look for opportunities to encourage. 
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 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!

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As you honor and encourage one another, your blessings will begin to multiply in ways you haven't even imagined.

Sue Anderson

Comments (14)

On October 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM , Lorre (WitsEndDesign) said...

I not only loved the words of wisdom but also the accompanying items chosen to match the theme. Nicely done and a good reminder for us all.

 
On October 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM , krafterskorner said...

Amen! Sometimes it's hard to live with people day after day. You have to make up with them though because they will still be there tomorrow!

 
On October 29, 2011 at 9:23 PM , watercolors said...

Lovely words of wisdon.

Thanks for including my Manatee note cards.

 
On October 30, 2011 at 7:09 AM , myeuropeantouch said...

Thank you Sue, a blessed reminder...♥
Monika

 
On October 30, 2011 at 7:27 AM , Niki Jackson said...

What a beautiful devotional, thank you so much for including me. Blessings Niki x

 
On October 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM , pfd said...

Great devotional! If only we would treat our family like we do strangers... life would be so filled with graciousness (is that a word?).

Sue, thanks for including my mother & child print.

 
On October 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Wonderful pep talk and such sweet items!

 
On October 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM , ZudaGay said...

This is just altogether lovely...the words and the artwork as well. We need to show love to our family, our friends and to strangers.

 
On October 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM , LittleElf said...

Such a great scripture and wonderful words to live by! ^_^

 
On October 30, 2011 at 11:10 PM , Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

A lovely passage and lovely finds. :)

 
On October 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM , RedLetterPaperCo said...

Great post! Thanks so much for including my card :)

 
On November 1, 2011 at 12:23 PM , Julie Riisnaes said...

A good encouraging message to keep with us this week!

 
On November 2, 2011 at 9:55 AM , Butler Pottery said...

Such a timely post for me, but this also relates to our church family.

 
On November 3, 2011 at 9:53 AM , Sheila said...

A lovely reminder Sue. Thank you-and I enjoyed the pictures you used to go along with the post!