Family life has its own trials, annoyances and difficulties…
Home is the place where character most frequently shows its repellent side, its defects and deficiencies. Home is the refuge of the worn, the weary and the aged. It is the place where the many physical needs, and the trying ills of the human body most frequently come to the front; and these things do not make for amiablility. Hence, home is the place where poor human nature is most likely to reveal all its pettiness and indulge all its weakness.
It is, for this very reason, just the place where kindness and patience, forbearance, gentleness and charity are most in demand and should be most frequently practised, by consideration for others, readiness to make allowances, slowness to see faults and take offence, willingness to overlook and excuse.
The forgiving spirit must, however, be practised in a special way. For, living in close contact, there are bound to be occassional clashes and missunderstandings, resulting in hurt and wounded feelings. It can’t be otherwise.
Few things are more essential to the peace and happiness of the home than the spirit of give and take, that without it, the other home virtues can’t flourish in the family circle.