Be Considerate

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“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12 (KJV)

For the first time in my life I could truly relate to the Apostle Paul when he stated, “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” No matter how hard I tried, I just could not stop hurting a certain loved one in my life. Eventually, I cried out to God, “Lord, what’s up with me? Why do I keep behaving this way? Help me Lord!” I tell you, until God opens our eyes to His truth, we will continue to do things the way we’ve always done them. God had to literally open the eyes of my understanding. I became like the attentive student seated on the front row of the class, pen and paper in hand, desperate for wisdom. In Scripture, we find meekness and wisdom goes hand in hand. We have to be teachable in order to receive wisdom from the Lord. The reason we hurt people is often because we don’t realize we’re doing it. God showed me that my actions toward my loved one were inconsiderate. I was shocked! The main virtue I teach my children is how to be considerate toward others. I tell them, “Think about others before you think about yourself” and to “Put the needs of others before your own.” Considerate had been the word of the day for my family since my first child came home from the hospital. And here I was being inconsiderate. God had to enlighten me. When someone has a migraine headache, we are careful not to talk too loudly when around them because we don’t want to cause them more pain. This is common sense, right? Well, when someone has a heartache, we must also be just as careful. Pain of the heart is like an emotional migraine. We have to look to be considerate of what we say and what we do around someone that is hurting emotionally. At the end of the day, all God wants to know is if we are loving others the way He loves us. God wants us to be considerate.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Words to me. I am desperate for Your wisdom. Forgive me if I have been inconsiderate of others. I receive Your wisdom Lord and I ask that You help me stay reminded of what I say and do around those that are hurting. Continue to open my eyes and give me understanding. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

(Read Romans 7:15-21; James 1:5-8; James 3:13-18; John 15:12)

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