By Dr. James A. Perkins
Living together in family may include times when one or more members disagree and express anger. When disagreements happen, wise parents should be proactive in reducing clashes and helping family members to increase peaceful and enjoyable relationships. The following 4 Steps to Move Your Family from Conflict to Contentment might help you.
M – Make up your mind to be a peacemaker that can mend broken family relationships. The wrong thing to do is ignore peace and allow negativity to happen in the home. The right thing to do is be like Jesus who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9). Learn from Him how to be a peacemaker who makes peace not war.
O – Order your life in advance by learning much about peace. Study the peace-filled life of Christ and apply His ways in family living. Be one who intercedes for others, who offers wise counsel, who serves as a reconciler. Most of all, let peace empower you to really love every member of the household.
V – Voice your concerns to each family member about why it’s essential to reduce conflict and expand the power of love for one another. Teach and train your household to learn what American author, H. Jackson Brown says; “Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” If this statement becomes your way of life, then love causes contentment to thrive in your home.
E – Entreat God in prayer to influence family members. Jesus lives as the perfect example about how to live a contented life, regardless of people and circumstances. When His love rules our hearts, then godly love causes conflicts to dwindle and contentment to grow. So let’s all accept what Jesus said, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” (Philippians 4:12). Isn’t contentment what you want in your family?