In-law Relationships – Express Your Appreciation
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
─ Hebrews 3:13 ESV
Let’s say you’re not getting along well with your daughter-in-law or son-in-law, but you are really happy about the way they are raising your grandchildren. There is power in words. Hebrews 3:13 tells us to “exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
So, just put your arm around them and say something encouraging such as, “I’ve watched you raising my grandson and you are doing a really great job. I want you to know I appreciate that.” Do you know what that is going to do in your relationships? It’s huge. But sometimes we just don’t say those things, and we really should.
We’re usually good at offering suggestions. We can almost always tell someone how to do it better, but the right compliment is worth a thousand suggestions. One compliment raises the spirit. It takes ten compliments to offset one criticism.
It’s a two-way street, and when two people decide to be positive with their words toward each other, things get better a lot quicker in any relationship. Express your love and appreciation, especially to your in-laws. It is a simple thing that can make a huge difference.
Today’s One Thing
Think about your in-law relationships and consider how your words affect them and how you can express your love and appreciation to them.