Building one another up in love

Ephesians 4:2  “Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love.”  NLT

 

I can assure you that we are all well aware of our faults, shortcomings and weaknesses.  We most certainly do not need someone constantly pointing them out to us.  My love language is words of affirmation.  I realize that we can’t always avoid negative remarks and that sometimes we will point out something that needs to be addressed that may not always be positive.  However, when we do this, we should also add in some compliments or praises of those things we are doing well.  

 

As a parent especially it is difficult sometimes to remain patient and gentle!  I am guilty of totally losing it…I am trying to do better, it takes work.  I have to think before I speak. 

 

We live in a culture where we are constantly harping on how people could look better, lose some weight, have some botox or liposuction done!  Where are those people telling them how beautiful they are.  Beauty isn’t just physical.  It is from the inside.  Let’s us words to build people up instead of tearing them down. 

 

I challenge you to compliment those that you love.  Tell them what a delicious meal they fixed.  Tell them how much you appreciate and admire how they provide for your family.  Tell them they are beautiful or handsome.  Compliment their choice of outfit, their smile, or their helpfulness.  It doesn’t take a lot of time, thought or words.  Keep it simple and truthful, I assure you it will create a smile and a boost to someones day.

 

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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