WHAT KEEPS US FROM SERVING OTHERS? (2)
Another thing that’ll keep you from serving others is arrogance.
What others think and feel isn’t important to you.
Arrogant people seldom meet people on common ground. They don’t believe they should have to because by their own estimation they live on higher ground and shouldn’t have to descend to anyone else’s level. They expect others to come to them.
Justice Louis D. Brandeis observed: ‘Nine-tenths of the serious controversies that arise in life result from misunderstanding, from one man not knowing the facts which to the other man seem important, or otherwise failing to appreciate his point of view.’
There’s merit to the old Beatles’ song, ‘I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends’. It’s ridiculous for anyone to think they have all the answers. Such people can become opinionated, narrow minded and arrogant, listening only to their own thoughts and ignoring advice and suggestions from others.
When your overriding goal is to build a case for your own viewpoint, people get turned off if you have a ‘my way or no way’ attitude. To win them you must be willing to build a relationship. The letters in the word ‘silent’ also form the word ‘listen’. Relationships are built by listening to people, loving them, learning from them, and leaving them better off than you found them. ‘A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel’ (Proverbs 1:5 NKJV).
‘…Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought…’ Romans 12:3 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Revelation 2:4; 4:19-20; Proverbs 8:17, 34
I have this against you that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, & do the works you did at first! I am he who searches mind & heart, & I will give to each of you according to your works!
Those whom I love, I reprove & discipline, so be zealous & repent. Behold, I stand at the door & knock. If anyone hears my voice & opens the door, I will come into to him & eat with him, and he with me! Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.
I love those who love me, & those who seek me diligently find me! Blessed is the one who listens to me watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors! For whoever finds me finds life!
God has promised you so much! Do the works you did at first, seek him diligently & you will be amazed!