14 And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.
15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.
When King Benjamin spoke to his people at the end of his reign, service was a major theme of his remarks. He reminded them of his service to them and encouraged them to serve one another. In the passage above, he encourages them to teach their children to serve each other as well.
When I’ve read this passage before, I’ve focused on what my children shouldn’t do–fight and quarrel with each other. Today, I’m thinking about what I should teach them to do–love and serve one another. In the home we learn good habits of unselfish service. We learn that our love for others is strengthened both by serving them and by recieving service from them in gratitude.
Today, I will encourage my children to love and serve one another. I will do this both by teaching them the importance of service and by quietly encouraging them to do kind things for each other.