“Let this same attitude and purpose and mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: Let Him be your example in humility."
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Be patient with others.
I am fairly disciplined in my eating habits, and I recently spent sometime with someone who really struggles in that area. The person mentioned several times how disciplined I am and how undisciplined she is. Each time she did so, I downplayed my ability to discipline myself by saying, "I have areas of weakness also, and you will overcome this as you continue to pray and make an effort."
There was a time in my life when I may not have been so sensitive to my friend's feelings. I would have probably given her a sermon about the benefits of discipline and the dangers of overeating and poor nutrition. However, I would not have succeeded in doing anything but making my friend feel guilty and condemned. When she asked me to share ideas that might help her I did so, but with an attitude that did not make her feel that I had it all together and she was a mess. I have discovered that one way to love people is to help them, not to feel worse about the things they already feel bad about.
Meekness and humility are two of the most beautiful aspects of love. Paul said love is not boastful and does not display itself haughtily (1 Cor. 13.4). Humility serves and always does things to lift others up. The Bible teaches us to have the same attitude and humble mind that Jesus had (Phil. 2:5). He was one with God, but stripped himself of all privileges and humbled himself to become like a human being so he could die in our places and take the punishment we deserved as sinners (Phil 2:6-9). He never made people feel badly because they were not on his level, but instead he stooped to their level. Paul did the same, and we need to follow these Biblical examples.
his Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "Listen and help others, Lord."
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, bless me with the tools I need."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.