Here is a short article with some excellent points about visitation. I have reworked it and added the Scripture references.
Visitation would include visiting the sick, the weak, the bereaved, those out of duty and the alien sinner. When we make our visits we need to:
1. Be friendly – It goes a long way in making our visit profitable and fruitful (Proverbs 18:24).
2. Be cheerful – If our cheerfulness is genuine it may open a heart or help someone in need (Proverbs 15:13; Rom. 12:8).
3. Be considerate – People have feelings just like we do. Even those who are in error have feelings. Even if we must reprove and rebuke we need to do so in love (Col. 4:6; 1 Pet. 3:15).
4. Be prayerful – We need to ask for God’s help as we visit those in need. We need wisdom and strength for this good work (Js. 1:5; Phil. 4:6, 13).
5. Be hopeful and optimistic – Pessimism does not win. If we visit thinking it won’t do any good, then it probably won’t (Nu. 13:30-33).
6. Be persistent – This has won many. We may have to visit a lost soul many, many times. It is not our duty to force them into obedience but to encourage them in every way possible. We need to plant the seed and water it, which includes continued effort on our part (1 Cor. 3:6; Gal. 6:9; 2 Th. 3:13).