By Donny Weimar
By Donny Weimar
The truth of the matter is I can be inconsiderate of others. People operate on emotions often. I have found that choosing to be rational and prayerful helps me to be more considerate of those around me. It’s corrupt thinking that erupts in unkind words and actions. “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander,” said Jesus in Matthew 15:18-19 (ESV). I haven’t done those sins listed here; I do know Christians who have. Still, I am obligated to change my thinking before the inconsiderate speech roles off my tongue.
An inconsiderate person is sinning because such is not the nature of love. In fact, rudeness is explicitly the opposite of love according to 1 Corinthians 13:5 in the English Standard Version. Corrupt speech and behavior must be modified if we are to love our neighbor as our self. Of speech, James wrote in his epistle, “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” – James 3:8-10 (NKJV). Since nobody can tame their own tongue, we infer dependence upon God to help us. Don’t ask me how He does it. I know that when I pray and think with a rational mind, I find myself more spiritually equipped to put the fire out of my mouth.
What might be more inconsiderate for me is sometimes my attitude and behavior go awry. “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” wrote apostle Paul in Romans 12:9-10 (NKJV). Giving preference to my neighbor prevents the sin of hypocrisy.
The bottom line is by choosing love every time we are with others is always the better path. We know Jesus was never inconsiderate and neither are we to be. As I have confessed my sin, I pray that you dear reader will do the same if a rude and unkind spirit come from your heart. God can tame your tongue too. He can help you through a biblical and prayerful education to train yourself unto a godly disposition.