Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 1 Peter 3:8 (NLT)
You don’t know it all. You don’t have it all. You are not independent. You are not self-sufficient. Life does not revolve around you. You are not to be self-centered. You are certainly not to be self-indulgent. You will do well to think about others. You will do well if you live your life with a humble attitude. I am calling to live your life with and for others. Be on guard about thinking too much about yourself. You will know that you are in treacherous territory when you are continually thinking all about your wants and needs and desires.
What is safe territory? How will I know if my thoughts are lining up with your thoughts? I already mentioned that I want you to live your life with a humble attitude. I heard that. How will living with a humble attitude play out in your life? I will listen more and talk less. I will meet with you in your word. I will allow your word to change my heart. I will allow your word to transform my mind. I will allow your word to guide my life. I will listen attentively to everything you want to say to me. I will also carefully consider whatever my brothers and sisters in the faith are saying to me. I know that you have placed in a body of believers so that I can both encourage others and be encouraged by them. I will seek counsel from my fellow brothers and sisters. I will listen to their advice. I will follow their directions. I will not be argumentative. I will seek to be in unity of thought with all your followers. I will seek to be a peacemaker so I can live in your peace. Even if I do disagree, I will not be disagreeable. I will be approachable. I will be open and tenderhearted. I will make time to listen to others. I will be sympathetic to others when they are going through difficulties in life. I will encourage others. I will pray for others. I will help carry the burdens that are too heavy for others to carry. I look to the interests of others above my own. Above all else, I will love others just like you loved me. I will give like you gave. I will serve like you served. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I will be at your service every day of my life as I follow and serve you. That will be very good.
Lord, I have been proud. I have been argumentative. I have been self-centered. Forgive me. Help me to live a humble, tender hearted life in unity of thought and peaceful harmony with fellow believers. Help me to be kind, compassionate and loving toward others. Amen
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