President Monson posted to his Facebook page this week, reminding us to put families first when it comes to love. And that with our families and in our homes is the place where we need to show the most love. Our homes seem to be the place where the problems arise and bickering becomes normal. It can become difficult to forgive those closest to us because their words or actions can cut the deepest.
It is in these moments that we can remember that Love is the most powerful force. Love is what the Lord uses to heal us and it is what we can use to heal our families.
Here is what President Monson shared in his Facebook post:
Some of our greatest opportunities to demonstrate our love will be within the walls of our own homes. Love should be the very heart of family life, and yet sometimes it is not. There can be too much impatience, too much arguing, too many fights, too many tears.
Lamented President Gordon B. Hinckley: “Why is it that the [ones] we love [most] become so frequently the targets of our harsh words? Why is it that [we] sometimes speak as if with daggers that cut to the quick?”
The answers to these questions may be different for each of us, and yet the bottom line is that the reasons do not matter. If we would keep the commandment to love one another, we must treat each other with kindness and respect.
Of course there will be times when discipline needs to be meted out. Let us remember, however, the counsel found in the Doctrine and Covenants—namely, that when it is necessary for us to reprove another, we afterward show forth an increase of love.