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How To Quickly Boost Family Communication During Quarantine?

Paul is an Engineer. A graduate from a Catholic University. A rebel and a romantic...

Family and Communication

A family is the basic unit of the society. In the traditional definition of the word, a family consists of parents and children living together under one roof. As time progresses the definition of a family is further expounded as two or more people related by blood, marriage, or adoption and having a shared commitment to a mutual relationship.

If there are now 9 billion people in the world, we can roughly estimate that there would be around 2-3 billion families in the world! While each family would have different beliefs, different social and financial status, each hope one thing: That is, to continue being a "One Big Happy Family".

While advancement in technology had allowed us to make leaps and bounds in terms of communications, communications still pose a threat in the stability of a family life.

In 2020, many people worldwide were forced to stay at home due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. After so many years, many family members find themselves together 24 x 7. In situations like this, the dynamics of the communication between family members can make the "stay at home" set-up either a pleasant or challenging experience.

Problematic communication and lack of communication can cause cracks in family relationship

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God's plan is to prosper and improve your family! He wants us to have a blessed communication with other family members...

How to communicate better with family members?

  1. Eliminate lies and speak the truth
  2. Eliminate unwholesome talks such as complaining, criticism, and contempt.
  3. When dealing with a family member, get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger. You are giving the devil a foothold on you when you keep all of these negativity inside.
  4. Stop the blaming and start believing in the good that is in your family.
  5. Integrate principles in our communications.
  6. Speak about the promises of God for the family.

God wants all families to be saved!

Acts 16:30-31

30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

— New International Version (NIV)

God himself said that it is not good for a man to be alone. Thus, a family is a blessing from God. A family should be God oriented and grace oriented. If God is the center of your family, then you have nothing to worry. There will ,of course, be misunderstandings every now and then but when that happens, always keep in mind God's teaching. As mentioned earlier, we give a devil a foothold in our lives when we put rage, anger, and bitterness in our communications.

Do not give the devil a foothold, let go of all bitterness, rage, and anger.

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God should be the foundation of our family. If he is, then what God says you do.

10 Bible Verses to Help in Family Communications

  1. Philippians 4:8
    “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
  2. Ephesians 4:29
    “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
  3. John 13:34
    “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
  4. Philippians 2:3-4
    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
  5. Romans 13:8
    “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.”
  6. John 13:34
    “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
  7. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
    “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
  8. Hebrews 10:24
    “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.”
  9. Galatians 6:2
    “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”
  10. Ephesians 4:26-27
    “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”
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When I was younger, I never really communicated well with my parents. I preferred opening up and bonding with my friends from school. Whenever I talk with my parents, I end up being defensive and rude.Now that I am older, I regret doing those things.I regret every harsh words I said to my parents.

My parents are both sick now. My mother has Dementia and Parkinson's disease. I don't know if she still recognizes me. Despite that, I still exert effort in communicating with her. I do my best to communicate with them all the words of love I did not give them when they were young and able.

Just this January 2019, both my parents were hospitalized and it was the first time that the three of us were together in a hospital since I was born. It was very heartbreaking indeed.To the one reading this hub, I hope this article touched your heart and may it inspire you to improve the way you communicate with your family.

Words are powerful. Words are like weapons that can destroy. Words can give life. Speak love and not hate. Say "I love you" your family while there is still time.

© 2019 Ryan Paul S Balagtas

Comments

Ryan Paul S Balagtas (author) from Philippines on August 12, 2019:

Thanks Mr. Heinz for reading the article. I myself should practice this.

Heinz on August 12, 2019:

This is so true Paul and Amen to everything that you have written. Especially in our Chinese culture, we don't communicate so much. But thanks for the reminder, guess as men we just have exert double effort to communicate with our parents.

Ryan Paul S Balagtas (author) from Philippines on June 29, 2019:

Thanks Alter. I personally hope I can go back in time so that I can communicat more with my loved ones. I really took them for granted before specially when they were still strong.

Alter on June 29, 2019:

Nice article. Communication with family members is often taken for granted these days.