Family at its best communicates with truth and grace:
Read Ephesians 4:15 “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
Read Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Sometimes communicating with truth and grace can be pretty difficult. Especially with those in our families. We tend to extend less grace to those we are closest to. There have been times in my life when my words, although they might be true, were anything but filled with grace. Sometimes my desire to be right trumps my desire to see things from another’s perspective. When that happens, my pride takes over and I miss the opportunity to help them grow. Family or not, my words often cut too deep to be helpful. Love tells the truth in an honorable way that helps us grow. Two tools that every family needs in their toolbox is the ability to share truth with grace and a willingness to accept grace-filled truth. No barking, yelling, or sarcasm-filled statements, but helpful words, shared in a way that they can be received well. We also need to swallow our pride, become humble, and hear with open ears and hearts, the truth that is being shared. It must work on both ends of the spectrum. Both the teller, and the receiver need to communicate with truth and grace.