But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him . – – – there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.1 Cor. 12:18, 25
The Human Development and Family Department of the University of Nebraska once surveyed several “successful” families-ones who had close relationships and enjoyed time together. From their research they compiled a profile of a close family:
–Appreciation. “Family members gave one another compliments and sincere demonstrations of approval. They tried to make the others feel appreciated and good about themselves.”
–Ability to Deal with Crises in a Positive Manner. “They were willing to take a bad situation, see something positive in it, and focus on that.”
–Time Together. “In all areas of their lives-meals, work, recreation-they structured their schedules to spend time together.”
–Commitment. “Families promoted each person’s happiness and welfare, invested time and energy in each other, and made family their number one priority.”
–Communication. “These families spent time talking with each other. They also listened well, which shows respect.”
Long before this study was done God’s Word gave us precepts and principles by which families can prosper. The same is true of the church.These same qualities will also strengthen a church and make it successful. Think about each one and evaluate how you’re doing in that area. It can make a difference!