Have you ever found something in your house, and did not recognize immediately what it was ?
I found an ear-shaped object beside my coffee maker this morning. Upon examining it, and smelling it, I discovered that it was half of a barbeque potato chip, evidence that my husband has again been smuggling junk food into the house.
I put the chip in the garbage, and said nothing to my husband. I remembered the words of my sweet and loving father, just before he walked me down the aisle on my wedding day. He told me to be a good cook, and to never nag my husband. Excellent advice, and biblical too, for Proverbs 19:13 describes the misery of living with a contentious ( nagging) wife.
Sometimes we are kinder to strangers than we are to our own family members. There is nothing that is more contagious than mood. If one member of a household is habitually cranky, or quarellsome, whether it is a wife, a husband, child, or other family member, the whole atmosphere of a home can quickly become unpleasant.
Let us ask God for the grace to speak to everyone kindly and graciously, especially the members of our own household.