Scripture Reading: Titus 3:6-8
Key Verse: Titus 3:1-2
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
For the last three days, we have looked carefully at the inspired words of Apostle Paul when he wrote to Titus. Paul has been instructing Titus on what it takes to be a part of attractive relationships. So far this month we’ve looked at: being good, slandering no one, and being peaceable as three “icons” for growing relationships. Today we will look at the fourth iconic word: considerate!
To be considerate simply means that we are considering others beyond ourselves. This concept is an essential ingredient to any relationship that we want to be attractive or appealing! Think of some relationships you’ve been part of where the other person seldom considers your feelings or thoughts. If that continues, that relationship soon turns ugly and undesirable. Can this be a one-sided deal? Can a relationship survive if one person in the relationship is not considerate? Yes, a marriage or a working relationship can survive because God can help one to be considerate and set the example for the other(s) in the relationship. If the other(s) never put forth effort, it certainly makes a difficult relationship, but never impossible. Each one of us must choose what kind of person we want to be and shame on us if we allow other people to determine that for us by the way they act!
Improve all your relationships today; practice being considerate. Think of others beyond yourself and watch good things happen!
Father, my flesh wants to retaliate by giving back what I received from an inconsiderate person. By your grace, I will not lower my standards. In Jesus’ Name, amen.