Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stuck, "Family Feud" Day 4

[Genesis 37:5-11 ESV] 5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, "Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf." 8 His brothers said to him, "Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me." 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?" 11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

*Families Get Stuck Forgetting What Families are All About*

The main thing to think about here is the biblical term "edification." This has the connotation of building up, not tearing down. Sarcasm, negativity, and demeaning all have catastrophic consequences in our homes when left unchecked and uncontrolled.

This is where words are so important. Use your words purposefully and lovingly as you deal with every interaction in the home. Who knows, you might just see some improvement in the "Family Feud."

*Life Point* Lord help me to build up rather than tear down in my family. 

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