“Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” (Philippians 4:5, NLT)
Considerate people are a joy. They lend us a hand helping us to progress and grow in life; bringing joy as they do. If you fail they remind you that you are not a failure. A failure doesn’t mean a total loss. They encourage you to grow, make progress by affirming the grace of God in your life. They point out the spiritual gifts and strengths that God has given you. Reminding you that can do all things through Christ. No wonder in this book of joy, Paul tells us let everyone see that you are considerate.
Sincere joy wells up and manifests itself in consideration of others and because Jesus is coming again! It’s Christmas. The season we celebrate Christ’s birth. It’s also the season of living in light of this glorious promise, Jesus is coming soon!
Strong people never feel the need to demonstrate their strength, they manifest their strength by their consideration. Think Jesus! He never felt the need to power up on people, he gently gave grace that changed people. Think of how grief turned to joy, sins were forgiven, shame left behind and respect honored gained each time Jesus met people who needed help.
The book of Acts tells us the story of a considerate man. When he followed Christ he became a considerate giver, disciples, a networker and genuinely helpful to others. He was known as the son of encouragement. “For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”).” (Acts 4:36, NLT) I’m sure that when he walked into a room people lit up because they felt like Christ was with him. By the way when no one else trusted Paul, he did. He discipled him.
Let’s ask God to fully develop this grace of consideration within us to our community. Begin by being aware of those around you that you can help today.