Buford Griffith: Building and Strengthening Family Relationships
Relationships are fragile. They must be nurtured in order for them to be successful. If a label were placed on our relationships, especially in our homes, it would probably read, “Handle with care.” An intentional mindset must be employed in order to create a safe atmosphere for every individual in the home. A safe place is one where a person feels accepted and valued, and free to express their opinion without fear of ridicule or criticism. It is that place where an individual can feel they are being understood void of fear, rejection, or put-downs.
Where there are children in the home, the same counsel applies. Every individual, young or old, is the cherished possession of God, our Father, and must be treated as such. God Himself is a relational God and He places a high premium on how we relate to each other. The foundation of all relationships is God. God is love. Therefore, love is God (1 John 4:7,8). Further, the Lord describes the characteristics of love that must be demonstrated (1 Corinthians 13). When the principles of love, as outlined in God’s Word, are put into action, our relationships will be made strong.