Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 04-02-2010
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Philippians 2:3 - Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Dear Ones – In today’s world it seems it’s every man for himself. Few people stop to evaluate how important it is to actually consider another person’s feelings before we speak or act in any given situation. So many times we are in such a rush, we are so hard pressed to get ahead in our own life, we fail to take note of what we might be doing to achieve our goals. If you are thinking only of yourself in the workplace and what you can do to succeed, you are at risk of offending another. If you feel you always have to win an argument or be the decisive winner in a confrontation, you often times lose the love and respect of those around you. Giving offence means to hurt someone’s feelings and taking offence means having your own feelings hurt, neither of which are productive in a faith-filled life. God’s word says to give no offence and to take no offence. In order to do this we must always consider other people’s feelings as more important than our own. That is not to say that our feelings are not important, of course they are, but to avoid strife and trying to make ourselves look better to get ahead is certainly the road less traveled in today’s society, but the road to honor if we choose it.
When your life is resting in God’s care, when you are patiently trusting Him to lead you and provide for you, there is not as much push and shove in the workplace or in your relationships. Perhaps someone got the promotion you were in line for. Not to worry, God may have something in mind for you for which you are better suited, or perhaps you are not as ready for it as you felt you were. God is always working behind the scenes in our lives, doing for us what we can’t do for ourselves, and bringing us to His desired haven where our gifts and talents can be put to the utmost use, both to bless us and to bless others. A life that is truly lived for God will neither give offence nor take offence. You will not scurry to get ahead at someone else’s expense, and you will not shrink back into inactivity because you feel you were slighted in some way.
It should be mentioned that when we assume people are just basically rude and insensitive it could be they are under pressure and trial in their own lives. It’s possible that they have overwhelming problems in their lives, and to take time to consider this aspect in any given situation allows us to truly focus on remaining calm within ourselves. To do the honorable thing in considering their feelings above our own is truly thankworthy and allows God to bless people through our words and actions. To remain humble and loving is a blessing in itself and God’s word says God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. If we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God He will exalt or lift us up in due time (1Peter 5-6). For if we suffer for doing wrong it does not mean much, but if we suffer for doing what’s right and take it patiently, this is acceptable with God and filled with praise, honor and glory.
In His Love And God Bless Each Of You!
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