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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Annually on November 3

Then all the people left, each for his own home, and David returned home to bless his family. (1 Chronicles 16:43)

 

That’s a really good thing to do- bless your family. There are many Christians who return home from work and then release all their pent up frustrations (acquired in the work place and while traveling) at home and upon their family.

 

I have heard of a story wherein a man who toiled all through the day used to do a strange thing on returning home each evening. He wore a necktie to work each day and on returning home, before he set foot in his house, he used to hang this tie on a tree nearby and then enter his house.

 

One day, a friend of his saw him doing this strange thing and asked him why he did that and in reply he said “All through the day, as I work, a lot of anger and frustration builds up in me and to see to it that I don’t release all this on my family, I do this to remind me that none of this is their fault and I must leave all this outside before I enter my house so that there can be peace and joy.”

An exhortation from the epistle of Peter goes like this:

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. (1 Peter 3:7)

The Apostle Paul also writes to the church at Colosse:

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. (Colossians 3:19)

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21)

Perhaps some of us can learn from this.

Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian