“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
– Philippians 2:3-4
Today, we could all use a little reminder of just how precious people are. I know sometimes the people we love and live with can be annoying, especially when we argue over insignificant things — but the truth is, when they’re gone, we’ll miss them terribly. We must value the people who we do life with and the best way to do that is to take life slowly.
You know, the soul is a very fragile thing. People are fragile, especially those who are tough on the outside. When people are tough and put up a hard wall, it’s usually due to the hurt they experienced as a child. They had to learn to power up, defend themselves, and not let anybody in. This is why we practice forgiveness for the people we care about.
There are people in our lives who we appreciate and love, but something happens in life; responsibilities like work take over, or many people are just busy and always in a hurry. We forget our children aren’t going to be children forever; perhaps they will be teenagers soon. You’re not going to have your parents, siblings, or spouse forever.
Friend, people are precious to God. People should be precious to you, too! In the same way, God loves us even when we are at our lowest, and when we’ve made mistakes. One of the best kinds of lives we can live is one where we just learn to forgive people, hold life loosely, and love our neighbor. That’s actually the fullest, richest, best life we can live, and that’s why Jesus teaches us to live this way.
Father, thank you for loving me. Help me to take time and appreciate others.
Have you learned to forgive others? How do you value the people you do life with?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.